Kenya’s Power-Sharing Arrangement and Its Implications for Transitional Justice

“Kenya’s Power-Sharing Arrangement and Its Implications for Transitional Justice”, International Journal of Human Rights, vol. 17, no. 2, 2013, pp. 307-27

26 Pages Posted: 28 Apr 2012 Last revised: 12 Apr 2014

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Thomas Obel Hansen

Ulster University - Transitional Justice Institute

Date Written: January 24, 2013

Abstract

The power-sharing arrangement that ended Kenya’s 2007-2008 crisis seemingly offered a window of opportunity for dealing with past abuses. However, the very nature of this power-sharing deal has proven to be among the greatest obstacles for giving effect to the promises of transitional justice. By facilitating a power-sharing deal between political elites struggling for power and wealth, and allowing these political elites to control the justice tools, the power-sharing deal has enabled a continuation, perhaps even a consolidation, of this political culture, which this article argues poses a serious obstacle to achieving a much needed transition.

Keywords: Kenyan National Dialogue and Reconciliation, power-sharing, past human

Suggested Citation

Hansen, Thomas Obel, Kenya’s Power-Sharing Arrangement and Its Implications for Transitional Justice (January 24, 2013). “Kenya’s Power-Sharing Arrangement and Its Implications for Transitional Justice”, International Journal of Human Rights, vol. 17, no. 2, 2013, pp. 307-27. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2046873 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2046873

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