Consensus, the elusive word in our politics

A screen grab from a mobile phone video showing the shooting of Kajieme Powell by police officers near Ferguson, Missouri.

What you need to know:

  • The death of Brown and the subsequent reactions have also demonstrated the limited historical significance of the election of Barack Obama and, by extension, other individuals who seem to embody great shifts in the political landscape.
  • Perhaps the greatest exponent of the art of consensus in Kenyan politics was Jomo Kenyatta in the period before independence.
  • ODM should be wary of entering a prolonged period of infighting, which will serve only the Jubilee government.

There are many lessons to be drawn from the chaotic scenes witnessed in Ferguson, Missouri, US, over the past two weeks.

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