Outwitting the Professor of Politics? Mungiki Narratives of Political Deception and their Role in Kenyan Politics

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    The Kenyan general election of 2002, which put an end to Daniel Arap Moi's 24-year rule, has been subjected to much political analysis. The article takes as its point of departure the politico-religious movement Mungiki and the movement's own narratives of its role in the elections. Mungiki's narratives tell a story of alliances and behind-the-scenes political play that differs from the public version of events. It is argued that the movement's retrospective narratives provide a useful tool for exploring future possibilities for Mungiki's engagement in Kenyan politics. The narratives are primarily internal narratives, in that they are intended for the movement's own members. As such, they invite a discussion of Mungiki's perception of truth and, more broadly, of the relationship between narratives and truth.
    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    TidsskriftJournal of Eastern African Studies
    Vol/bind4
    Udgave nummer3
    Sider (fra-til)435-449
    ISSN1753-1055
    DOI
    StatusUdgivet - 2010

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