Citizen Participation in Decision Making


252 Pages
Read an excerpt
Gain access to the library to view online
Learn more


This book is a result of public dialogue forums in pursuit of accountable and transparent governance in Kenya organized by Twaweza Communications with the support of Ford Foundation. From the convenings it was evident that the stability of Kenya will be driven by the extent to which citizens feel fully included in the development agenda. Quite often, political leaders view the role of citizens in governance as restricted primarily to their participation in the electoral process. This narrow view has led to arrogance and total disregard of citizens after poll results are announced. Under the new political dispensation heralded by the promulgation of the Constitution of Kenya on August 27, 2010 this trend must change and the sovereignty of the people, in theory and practice, must be reinscribed. The publication raises important issues worth serious reflection. It also suggests ways in which citizens can better participate in their own transformation. Case studies highlighted in the book exemplify the importance building the Kenyan nation by addressing patterns of exclusion and glaring inequalities. The topics covered include multipartism, natural resource governance, gender, politics of identity, marginalization of Coastal Kenya, youth empowerment and investing in knowledge economy among others. The book is a valuable addition to our understanding of the root political and social anxieties in Kenya and how these could be ameliorated.



Published by
Published 29 December 2013
Reads 2
EAN13 9789966028464
Language English
Document size 3 MB

Legal information: rental price per page 0.008€. This information is given for information only in accordance with current legislation.

Report a problem
ISBN 996602843-9 ISBN 996602843-9 ISBN 996602843-9
9 7 8 9 9 6 6 0 2 8 4 3 3 9 7 8 9 9 6 6 0 2 8 4 3 3 9 7 8 9 9 6 6 0 2 8 4 3 3
Edited by Kimani Njogu
Towards Inclusive Development in Kenya
Edited by Kimani Njogu
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher.
© Copyright Twaweza Communications, 2013
Published in 2013 by: Twaweza Communications Ltd. P.O. Box 66872 - 00800 Westlands Twaweza House, Parklands Road Mpesi Lane, Nairobi Kenya website: Tel: +(254) 020 269 4409
Design and Layout: Catherine Bosire Cover design: Apex Books and Publishers
With the support of The Ford Foundation
Printed by: Franciscan Kolbe Press P.O. Box 468, 00217 Limuru, Kenya Email:
This book is dedicated to the life of Mzee Geoffrey Njogu Kariuki (1924-September 8, 2013) for climbing the hills and breaking the rocks for a better Kenya.
Dedication Acknowledgements Introduction
PART ONE: Politics of Exclusion/Inclusion CHAPTER ONE| Multi-Partism and the Political Economy of Exclusion in Kenya Musambayi Katumanga
CHAPTER TWO| Natural Resource Governance and Multi-stakeholder Dialogue Kðmani Njogu
CHAPTER THREE| The Story of Coastal Kenya: More than Five Centuries of Externally Crafted and Internally Inflicted Marginalization Rocha Chimerah
CHAPTER FOUR| Mainstreaming Gender in the Lake Victoria Region for Sustainable Regional Development Easter Achieng
PART TWO: The Politics of Identity CHAPTER FIVE| Ethnicity: The Jinx to Kenyan Politics and Economic Development Felix Ngunzo Kioli
CHAPTER SIX| Deconstructing the Mindset of Poor Communities in the Coast of Kenya for Socio-Economic Development Shauri Halimu & Lusweti Sellah
CHAPTER SEVEN| The Change of Gðkøyø Value-Systems in Central Kenya: From Pre to Post Independent Kenya Frederick Kang’ethe Iraki
v ix xi
Contents vii
CHAPTER EIGHT| The Kadhi’s Court and the Constitution of Kenya Mohamed Mraja
PART THREE:Channelling Youth Energies, Expanding Opportunities CHAPTER NINE| Empowerment of Youth and Communities in the Coast Province through Strategic Investments in Education Hamadi Iddi Boga
CHAPTER TEN| Search for Identity: Youth, Culture and Religion in the Mount Kenya Region Margaret G. Gecaga
CHAPTER ELEVEN| Integrating Tourism with Rural Development Strategies in Western Kenya George Otieno Obonyo & Erick Victor Onyango Fwaya
CHAPTER TWELVE| HIV as a Delimiting Factor for Development in the Lake Basin Region David Omondi Okeyo
CHAPTER THIRTEEN| Promoting Youth Agenda in Nairobi: Benefits Potential of Urban Public Transport in Nairobi Romanus Opiyo
CHAPTER FOURTEEN| Investing in Knowledge Economy: Opportunities and Challenges for Youth in Rift Valley, Kenya Alexander Luchetu Likaka
Notes on Contributors
This publication results from a series of knowledge sharing public forums organized by Twaweza Communications and which involved academicians, civil society actors, and the public. The forums were inspired by the recognition that academicians have little space to share their knowledge with members of the public yet they have so much to offer in the transformation of society. We are grateful to the Ford Foundation for giving us the opportunity to organize conversations on citizenship, governance and leadership. We are also grateful to all those who participated in the forums as presenters, discussants or audience members. By sharing your knowledge you are contributing in the construction of the Kenyan nation. A number of people have given important feedback towards this project and it is impossible to mention all of them. We thank you all. Special gratitude goes to Prof. Cege Gðthiora, Dr. George Gona, Dr. Mbøgua wa Møngai, Kakai Karani, Mueni Lundi, Dr. Cecilia Kðmani, Athman Lali Omar and Thiong’o Ngøgð for comments on the papers and for continued support and guidance in this journey of enquiry. Twaweza Communications team deserves gratitude for organizing the public forums in Mombasa, Embu, Kisumu, Nakuru and Nairobi and coordinating various activities related to the social change project. I am also grateful to Catherine Bosire for designing this publication. Let us keep the flame of democratic practice alive.
Kðmani Njogu Nairobi.
Acknowledgements ix