Loyalists, Mau Mau, and elections in Kenya : the first triumph of the system, 1957-1958
Branch, Daniel. (2006) Loyalists, Mau Mau, and elections in Kenya : the first triumph of the system, 1957-1958. Africa Today, Vol.53 (No.2). pp. 27-50. ISSN 1527-1978Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/at.2006.0069
In 1957 and 1958, elections were held across Kenya for seats within the colony's Legislative Council. In Central Province, these elections took place in the aftermath of the Mau Mau rebellion. Following the insurgents' military defeat, the colonial government turned to ensuring the political victory of its African allies and the disenfranchisement of Mau Mau sympathizers. It achieved its aim by restricting the vote to elites and those who could prove their loyalty to the regime. The process of registration and the restriction of the franchise contributed in part to the transformation of temporary and ambiguous wartime allegiances into fixed, postconflict political identities. By controlling the institutional transformations demanded by decolonization, elites successfully reproduced the state as they negotiated the transfer of power without radical socioeconomic reform.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||D History General and Old World > DT Africa
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions (Asia, Africa, Australia, Pacific Area, etc.)
|Divisions:||Faculty of Arts > History|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Mau Mau, Decolonization -- Kenya, Counterinsurgency -- Kenya, Kenya -- Politics and government -- To 1963, Elections -- Kenya -- History -- 20th century, Kenya -- History -- Mau Mau Emergency, 1952-1960|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Africa Today|
|Publisher:||Indiana University Press|
|Page Range:||pp. 27-50|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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