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Murithi Mutiga

Program Director, Africa
Nairobi, Kenya

Crisis Group Role

Murithi Mutiga is Program Director for 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

13 Jun 2022
Kenya is one of the few countries [in Africa] where you go into an election without knowing who is going to win. Financial Times

Murithi Mutiga

Program Director, Africa
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

Program Director, 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

Program Director, 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

Program Director, 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

Program Director, 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

Program Director, Africa

Latest Updates

Podcast / Africa

Rollercoaster Politics Ahead of Kenya’s August Elections

This week on Hold Your Fire! Richard Atwood talks to expert Murithi Mutiga about Kenya’s August election, as Deputy President William Ruto faces off against opposition leader Raila Odinga, who is now backed by Ruto’s former ally, President Uhuru Kenyatta, in a country where bloodshed after previous disputed votes still casts a long shadow.

The Ukraine War: A Global Crisis?

The overwhelming support for a UN resolution condemning Russia’s invasion shows that countries around the world see it as attacking global norms. Yet policymakers also view the crisis in terms of their own national interest. Crisis Group experts assess the war from thirteen vantage points.

Also available in Español
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.