Two-volume book captures 50 years of independent Kenya

Dr Michael Mwenda-Kithinji, PhD, Interim Director, African and African American Studies Program and Assistant Professor of History, University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arizona. He led two other US-based Kenyan scholars in editing the two-volume book 'Kenya After 50' . PHOTO| COURTESY

What you need to know:

  • The fact that debates on federalism lay low throughout the Jomo and Moi regimes, only to re-emerge in more vigorous tones in the 1990s, is a statement on how intolerant the two leaders were to the idea of a de-centred Kenya.

  • But it also means that Kenyans still wanted to move the political centre from Nairobi as it had failed to observe a sense of equity or fairness in its resource redistributive role.

  • Indeed, the issue of fairness in the access to national resources has always been at the centre of political contests and conflicts all over the world and we in Kenya can only deal with our own version of a global problem.

In September 2013, Kenyan scholars and students based in the US held a conference to reflect on momentous aspects of Kenya’s post-Independence history.

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