Our democracy could be headed in the wrong direction, unless we act

Former Mungiki leader Maina Njenga shakes hands with one of his supporters in a Nairobi court on March 9, 2017 before the hearing of a case in which he has sued Jubilee Party for refusing to accept his nomination papers for the Laikipia senate seat. Some ex-gangsters are campaigning for office. PHOTO | PAUL WAWERU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • A growing number of ex-gangsters, conmen and thieves are either in elective office or campaigning to be elected.
  • Under Kenyan law, a person convicted of an offence who has served a prison term of at least six months is ineligible to run for office.

India holds the title of the world’s largest democracy. When it gets into rhythm during its elections cycle, its sheer magnitude is a wonder to behold.

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