Transition and reform
James Ndung’u and Manasseh Wepundi | Saferworld | 2012
The date of the next Kenyan presidential and parliamentary elections has now been set for 4 March 2013. These will be the first polls since December 2007, when revelations of voting irregularities triggered waves of inter-ethnic violence, resulting in 1,300 deaths and the displacement of half a million people.
This report draws on extensive local consultations undertaken in different parts of the country between February and September 2011 in order to identify the issues of concern to ordinary Kenyans in the run up to the next elections. It suggests a number of recommendations for the European Union to consider in its engagement with the Kenyan authorities and in its efforts to maximise opportunities to build peace and prevent further conflict. This research is part of the EU-funded ‘People’s Peacemaking Perspectives’ project, a joint initiative implemented by Conciliation Resources and Saferworld and financed under the European Commission's Instrument for Stability.
The project provides European Union institutions with analysis and recommendations based on the opinions and experiences of local people in a range of countries and regions affected by fragility and violent conflict.