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Murithi Mutiga

Project Director, Horn of Africa
Nairobi, Kenya

Crisis Group Role

Murithi Mutiga is Project Director for the Horn of Africa. He is based in Nairobi.

Background

He previously covered East Africa for The Guardian (UK) and before that served as a Contributing Op-Ed Writer to the International New York Times. Murithi was also an editor and columnist with the Sunday Nation.

He holds an MSc in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics.

 

In The News

14 Dec 2021
If [Kenyan President] Kenyatta can achieve a ceasefire that potentially stops a catastrophic confrontation among warring actors in Ethiopia, that would give him quite an extraordinary win. The New Statesman

Murithi Mutiga

Project Director, Horn of Africa
19 Nov 2021
The U.S. needs to drop the old posture of viewing Africa as just a problem to be solved. Reuters

Murithi Mutiga

Project Director, Horn of Africa
13 Sep 2021
Unfortunately, while in much of the world 9/11 is viewed as in the past, in Africa, the legacy of those attacks lives on. The World

Murithi Mutiga

Project Director, Horn of Africa
1 May 2021
The [economic] impact [of the pandemic in Africa] has been immense. These are countries with very limited social safety nets, and … very little resources to respond to a crisis of this magnitude. The Guardian

Murithi Mutiga

Project Director, Horn of Africa
18 Feb 2020
The Chinese, at least for the last two decades, have been much more strategic in their engagement with [Africa] and you get the sense that America is essentially playing catch up. Voice of America

Murithi Mutiga

Project Director, Horn of Africa
5 Jun 2019
What is striking is that the protest movement’s support [in Sudan] is unprecedented, both very broad and very deep. Financial Times

Murithi Mutiga

Project Director, Horn of Africa

Latest Updates

Podcast / Africa

The Military’s Dangerous Power Grab in Sudan

This week on Hold Your Fire!, Richard Atwood and Naz Modirzadeh talk to Crisis Group experts Jonas Horner and Murithi Mutiga about the military coup in Sudan that has upended the country’s transition and heightened risks of violence.

Commentary / Africa

Africa: Escaping 9/11’s Long Shadow

In many African countries, jihadists are making gains. As part of our series The Legacy of 9/11 and the “War on Terror”, Comfort Ero and Murithi Mutiga say options for stemming the tide should include opening lines of communication to those militants pursuing local goals. 

Podcast / Africa

Eastern Africa’s Jihadis: The “War on Terror”

In the final episode of a mini-series of The Horn exploring jihadism in East Africa, Alan Boswell speaks with Murithi Mutiga, Mary Harper and Michael Woldemariam about how the post-9/11 global “war on terror” changed the Horn of Africa, and what comes next.

Podcast / Africa

Ethiopia’s Tigray Crisis and Horn of Africa Politics

This week on Hold Your Fire!, Richard Atwood and guest host Comfort Ero talk with Crisis Group’s Horn of Africa director, Murithi Mutiga, about the fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray region and mounting tension between Ethiopia and its neighbours Eritrea and Sudan.

Q&A / Africa

Uganda’s Museveni Clings to Power – But Trouble Lies Ahead

Official results indicate that President Yoweri Museveni will extend his 35-year rule in Uganda. But the contested election, marred by fraud claims, illustrated many citizens’ frustration with his administration. In this Q&A, Crisis Group expert Murithi Mutiga explains why the path ahead will be rocky.