Why Kenya Is a Nation in Embryo

50 Years Since Independence: Where is Kenya? ed. Susan Wakhungu-Githuku (Nairobi: Footprints Press, 2013), pp. 238-245

9 Pages Posted: 6 Feb 2014  

Makau W. Mutua

SUNY Buffalo Law School

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

Kenya, like most post-colonial African states, has yet to cohere into a nation. It is a nation in embryo. Nation building has been retarded by a kleptocratic elite incapable of defining -- and sustaining -- Kenya's national interests. Public corruption, political mobilization along ethnic lines, and an underdeveloped party culture have undermined the creation of a national consciousness in East Africa's anchor state.

Keywords: Kenya, post-colonial state, national consciousness, state in embryo, national interest, ethnicity, public corruption

JEL Classification: N47

Suggested Citation

Mutua, Makau W., Why Kenya Is a Nation in Embryo (2013). 50 Years Since Independence: Where is Kenya? ed. Susan Wakhungu-Githuku (Nairobi: Footprints Press, 2013), pp. 238-245. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2390796

Makau Mutua (Contact Author)

SUNY Buffalo Law School ( email )

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