When the results of Kenya's 2007 presidential election were discredited by part of the electorate, months of violent clashes broke out across the country. We told ourselves, "Never again," but the underlying social tension was not resolved, and that's why we saw protest and a call for re-elections in October 2017. Tribal identities continue to motivate political loyalties in Kenya, and the result is a fractured electorate, where patronage is more important than fiscal accountability.
I am a political editorialist working at a leading think-tank in Nairobi. My research on public procurement and corruption in state spending are published in Kenya, and illustrate a system where tribal identity undermines fiscal accountability.
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