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'Power to Uhuru': youth identity and generational politics in Kenya's 2002 elections

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dc.date.accessioned 2006-11-08 en
dc.date.accessioned 2020-02-20T07:42:41Z
dc.date.available 2020-02-20T07:42:41Z
dc.date.issued 2015-08-25 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/6406
dc.description.abstract Faced with the challenge of a new, multi-ethnic political coalition, 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 Mungiki. 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. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject KENYA en
dc.subject ELECTIONS en
dc.subject YOUTH en
dc.subject IDENTITY en
dc.title 'Power to Uhuru': youth identity and generational politics in Kenya's 2002 elections en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.Volume 105(418) en
dc.BudgetYear 2006/07 en
dc.ResearchGroup Democracy and Governance en
dc.SourceTitle African Affairs en
dc.ArchiveNumber 4236 en
dc.PageNumber 51-75 en
dc.outputnumber 2783 en
dc.bibliographictitle Kagwanja, P.M. (2006) 'Power to Uhuru': youth identity and generational politics in Kenya's 2002 elections. <i>African Affairs</i>. 105(418):51-75. en
dc.publicationyear 2006 en
dc.contributor.author1 Kagwanja, P.M. en


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