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African Human Rights Law Journal

On-line version ISSN 1996-2096
Print version ISSN 1609-073X

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MBONDENYI, Morris Kiwinda. The right to participate in the government of one's country: An analysis of article 13 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights in the light of Kenya's 2007 political crisis. Afr. hum. rights law j. [online]. 2009, vol.9, n.1, pp.183-202. ISSN 1996-2096.

The article analyses the right to participate in the government of one's country under article 13 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights within the context of the post-election crisis experienced in Kenya in December 2007. It is argued that the crisis was a culmination of poor governance and undemocratic practices successively handed down from one political regime to another, from when the country attained its independence. The article maintains that since 1963, many Kenyans have been denied the enjoyment of the right to participate in government through political manipulation, corruption, intimidation, vote rigging, ethnicity and other related vices. Hence, the undermining of democracy and diverse citizenship rights have contributed extensively to the country's governance crisis, the labyrinth of which was exposed by the 2007 postelection events.

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