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Title:'Power to Uhuru': Youth Identity and Generational Politics in Kenya's 2002 Elections
Author:Kagwanja, Peter MwangiISNI
Year:2006
Periodical:African Affairs: The Journal of the Royal African Society
Volume:105
Issue:418
Period:January
Pages:51-75
Language:English
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:youth organizations
generation conflicts
Kikuyu
elections
2002
Politics and Government
Ethnic and Race Relations
History and Exploration
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/3518788
Abstract:Faced with the challenge of a new, multi-ethnic political coalition, Kenya's President Daniel arap Moi shifted the axis of the 2002 electoral contest from ethnicity to the politics of generational conflict. The strategy backfired, ripping his party wide open and resulting in its humiliating defeat in the December 2002 general elections. Nevertheless, the discourse of a generational change of guard as a blueprint for a more accountable system of governance won the support of some youth movements like the predominantly Kikuyu Mungiki movement. This article examines how the movement's leadership exploited the generational discourse in an effort to capture power. Examining the manipulation of generational and ethnic identities in patrimonial politics, the article argues that the instrumentalization of ethnicity in African politics has its corollary in the concomitant instrumentalization of other identities - race, class, gender, clan, age and religion. Bibliogr, notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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