Courting the Kalenjin : the failure of dynasticism and the strength of the ODM wave in Kenya's Rift Valley province
Lynch, Gabrielle. (2008) Courting the Kalenjin : the failure of dynasticism and the strength of the ODM wave in Kenya's Rift Valley province. African Affairs, Vol.107 (No.429). pp. 541-568. ISSN 0001-9909Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/afraf/adn060
This article explains the strength of the ‘ODM wave’ in the 2007 Kenyan election and the popular rejection of Daniel arap Moi's call to re-elect President Mwai Kibaki across the Kalenjin areas of the Rift Valley. It examines the election campaigns, voting patterns, and aftermath of the contested election, and reveals why most Kalenjin dismissed Moi's pleas as self-interested and were instead drawn towards the pledges and leadership of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM). The article discusses how a strongly ethnicized discourse of ‘persecution’ and ‘bias’ was interwoven with narratives of past and potential ‘injustice’, leading to the vilification of the Kibaki regime and the casting of ODM as the vehicle of ‘meaningful change’. In addition, it argues that local understandings and interpretations of the past and present provide the relevant context for understanding subsequent violence and attacks on the Kikuyu community.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||D History General and Old World > DT Africa
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JC Political theory
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Politics and International Studies|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Orange Democratic Movement (Kenya), Kalenjin (African people), Rift Valley Province (Kenya) -- Social conditions|
|Journal or Publication Title:||African Affairs|
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Page Range:||pp. 541-568|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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