Uhuru Kenyatta confronts devolution half a century after his father

PHOTO | FILE President Uhuru Kenyatta and Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi hold one of the title deeds for distribution among residents of the coastal counties last month. Land was a key motivation in the clamour for devolution.

What you need to know:

  • This blend of individualism and support for centralised government pushed Kenyatta into opposition with Kadu and then Oginga Odinga, no less an implacable opponent of majimboism
  • Attitudes towards devolution have clearly changed over the course of the past two decades

Resolving the different interpretations and expectations of devolution is one of the main challenges facing Uhuru Kenyatta. Will he seek to strangle the new system like his father or support decentralisation, which represents opportunity to integrate communities that have long felt excluded from the political system? Nic Cheeseman and Daniel Branch explore


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