Development vs security: How ethnic and issue-based politics are intertwined

A resident of Kisumu County casts her ballot at Ratta Primary School in the August 8, 2017 General Election. It is common to refer to Kenyan politics as ethnic. PHOTO | TONNY OMONDI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • It is common for voters to support leaders who look capable, have some status and a record of delivering.
  • Much emphasis is placed in Kenyan politics on a leaders’ capacity to bring development and other resources to the local level.

It is common to refer to Kenyan politics as ethnic.

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