Election Assistance FOIA update: disappointed to see from USAID records that IFES was supporting Kenya IEBC/Kenyatta-Ruto defense of 2013 election petition by civil society and opposition (revised)

Back in 2015 I submitted a Freedom of Information request for USAID records relating to the election assistance through IFES for Kenya's IEBC (the election commission). Over 1000 pages were sent from the Mission in Kenya to the USAID FOIA…

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USAID documents show profound U.S. policy shift in Kenya from disappointment on reforms and corruption in 2005-06 to Ranneberger’s April 2007 “building capital” with Kibaki

In my last post I discussed the late FOIA release of an April 2007 cable setting out U.S. Ambassador Michael Ranneberger's explanation of a policy of hands-off neutrality on election reform proposals, and a "plague on both their houses" view…

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“Achieving USG Goals in Kenya’s Election” (FOIA Update): Ranneberger April 2007 cable shows shift in US approach to upcoming Kenya election to “build capital with the government”

A breakthrough on unraveling the story of Kenya's stolen 2007 election: This is from my original 2009 Freedom of Information Act request to the State Department for documents related to the 2007 Kenya exit poll I managed as Chief of…

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Carter Center, NDI , EUEOM and other International Observers should follow up on Cambridge Analytica, other actors in Kenyan elections

To the best of my knowledge and recollection, none of the various Election Observation Mission reports from Kenya for the March 2013 election covered the role of SCL Group of Britain (subsequent parent of Cambridge Analytica) for Uhuru Kenyatta. Nor…

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Must reads on Kenya

Kenya's dangerous path toward authoritarianism by Neha Wadekar in The New Yorker. Kenyatta's grand plan to silence Kenya's free press by George Ogola in African Arguments. This is how you capture the rise of Kenya's vibrant contemporary art scene by…

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Were Americans right to be so fearful of Odinga’s “People’s President” swearing in?

[Update Feb. 2: Here is a good overview from Martina Stevis-Gridnef in the Wall Street Journal, "Kenya Crackdown on Media, Opposition Deepens"; Fr. Gabriel Dolan explains how the Kenyatta government has popularized the "National Resistance Movement by banning it, with…

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