The legacy of the white highlands: Land rights, ethnicity and the post-2007 election violence in Kenya

  title={The legacy of the white highlands: Land rights, ethnicity and the post-2007 election violence in Kenya},
  author={Karuti Kanyinga},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary African Studies},
  pages={325 - 344}
  • K. Kanyinga
  • Published 1 July 2009
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Contemporary African Studies
Abstract A violent conflict engulfed Kenya after a flawed and disputed presidential election result in December 2007. Before then, Kenya was considered an icon, a bastion of political stability and economic prosperity in Africa. It surprised many that this icon would go up in flames so fast. Analyses of what went wrong with Kenya tend to gloss over the land question and ethnicity as factors behind the violence. Yet ethnicity and the manner in which the land question in the former white… 
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