Decolonization & Independence in Kenya, 1940-93

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questions likely to arise regarding the role of the country's parliament, both as supreme guardian of the constitution and as an estate of government separate and independent from the executive. Kenyans will have to examine these issues more closely after the dust and mistrust raised by the manner in which the whole affair has been handled has settled. 22

Unfortunately, the dust and mistrust never settled. Instead, more dust and mistrust, which had been generated by the 1988 party and general elections, which were characterized by an unprecedented wave of rigging and other malpractices, spread to the whole country. The image of the government, the party and Parliament was marred, the trust in those institutions eroded and their legitimacy challenged. A strong civil society with a public voice was beginning to develop outside the state. Was the state willing and prepared to listen to that voice?


Notes
1.
Charles Otieno, Viva -- 20 Years of Uhuru, Special Issue of Viva ( Nairobi, 1984) pp. 5 and 71.
2.
Y. P. Ghai and J. P. W. B. McAuslan, Public Law and Political Change in Kenya ( Nairobi, Oxford University Press, 1970), pp. 228-231; David Goldsworth, Tom Mboya -- The Man Kenya Wanted to Forget ( Nairobi, Heinemann, 1982), pp. 269-271.
3.
Joseph Karimi and Philip Ochieng', The Kenyatta Succession ( Nairobi, Transafrica, 1980), pp. 8-51.
5.
Colin Leys, Underdevelopment in Kenya ( London, Heinemann, 1975 & James Currey 1987), p. 274.
6.
Peter Worsley, Chapter 10, 'The Concept of Populism', in Chita Ionescu and Ernest Gellner (eds), Populism -- Its Meanings and National Characteristics ( London, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1970), p. 245.
7.
Daily Nation, Nairobi, 14 October 1978.
8.
Standard, Nairobi, 1 December 1979.
9.
Standard, Nairobi, 15 December 1979.
10.
Standard, Nairobi, 5 July 1980.
11.
Daily Nation, Nairobi, 7 June 1982.
12.
Miller Commission Report on Njonjo Inquiry ( Nairobi, Government Printer, December 1984).
13.
Message to the Nation ( Nairobi, Government Printer, 12 December 1982).
14.
Weekly Review, Nairobi, 8 May 1987.
15.
Message to the Nation ( Nairobi, Government Printer, 12 December 1988), pp. 12-13.
16.
For a general introduction to President Moi's philosophy, see Daniel T. arap Moi , Kenya African Nationalism -- Nyayo Philosophy and Principles ( London, Macmillan, 1986).
17.
District Focus for Rural Development, Office of the President ( Nairobi, Government Printer, 1983).
18.
Standard, Nairobi, 6 October 1982.
19.
Weekly Review, Nairobi, 5 August 1988, pp. 5-6.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • List of Contributors viii
  • Prologue on Decolonization xi
  • Notes xvii
  • Introduction the Invention of Kenya 1
  • Note 3
  • Part One the Decolonization of Kenya 1945-63 5
  • One Decolonization: A Theoretical Perspective 7
  • Conclusion 21
  • Notes 22
  • Two the Formative Years 1945-55 25
  • Conclusion: Towards an Alternative Future 43
  • Bibliography 44
  • Three: The Decisive Years 1956-63 48
  • Part Two the Kenyatta Era 1963-78 81
  • Four Structural & Political Changes 83
  • Conclusion 106
  • Appendix: Constitutional Amendments Under Kenyatta 107
  • Notes 108
  • Five - Social & Cultural Changes 110
  • Conclusion 143
  • Notes 144
  • Part Three the First Nyayo Decade 1978-88 149
  • Six the Economics of Structural Adjustment 151
  • Conclusion 182
  • Notes 183
  • Seven the Politics of Populism 187
  • Notes 213
  • Eight the Construction of a National Culture 214
  • Part Four Epilogue 1989-93 237
  • Nine Transition from Single-Party to Multiparty Political System 1989-93 239
  • Conclusion 259
  • Notes 260
  • Index 262
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