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09 January 2009


Kenya: where are we now? - preview

Eden Grace reflects on Kenya’s progress a year after the country was plunged into violence following disputed presidential elections

On 27 December 2007, Kenyans experienced a peaceful, well-ordered election, exiting the polls full of hope for their future
  • Two days later, the major cities were burning
  • Within a month, 1,133 people were dead and over 300,000 displaced
  • Kenya’s reputation as a haven of stability in Africa was shattered

  • The chaos was brought to an end through the establishment of a power-sharing coalition between the two main presidential candidates, who both claimed to have won the popular vote
  • Commissions were appointed to investigate what had happened and why
  • Displaced people were told to return to their homes and resume their lives

  • Eden Grace

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