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Murithi Mutiga

Senior Analyst, Horn of Africa
Nairobi, Kenya

Crisis Group Role

Murithi Mutiga is Senior Analyst 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

2 Nov 2017
[Kenya's election] is about the idea of moving toward greater political competition and freedom, against those that say, ‘Let’s privilege economic development and forget political liberalism for now.’ AP

Murithi Mutiga

Senior Analyst, Horn of Africa
1 Nov 2017
Unfortunately Kenyan elections don’t tend to end with a clear winner or clear loser, they tend to end in draws. The one that captures or retains power has access to a vast resource of patronage. Bloomberg

Murithi Mutiga

Senior Analyst, Horn of Africa
29 Oct 2017
The longer [the Kenyan political crisis] drags on the more bellicose the rhetoric gets among politicians and the more animosity there is among rising ethnic identities. The Guardian

Murithi Mutiga

Senior Analyst, Horn of Africa
27 Oct 2017
Unless the [Kenyan] courts annul the election, Kenyatta will move forward without a clear mandate and Odinga will pursue a protest strategy whose chances of success in the circumstances are not high. Reuters

Murithi Mutiga

Senior Analyst, Horn of Africa
27 Oct 2017
[Kenya's opposition leader] Odinga can’t be written off. He has the support of nearly half the electorate, at the very least, but it’s doubtful that he’ll have the stomach or the resources to launch a movement that would topple the government. The Washington Post

Murithi Mutiga

Senior Analyst, Horn of Africa
25 Oct 2017
[Kenya's election] potentially could have been the [one] that consolidated Kenya as one of Africa’s most vibrant democracies and now what you’ll have is an election with no winners. The Washington Post

Murithi Mutiga

Senior Analyst, Horn of Africa

Latest Updates

Commentary / Africa

Essential Guide to Kenya’s High Stakes Election on 8 August

Kenya’s 8 August elections are rapidly approaching and concerns continue to mount over the prospect of electoral violence. In this Q&A, Senior Kenya Analyst Murithi Mutiga looks at what is at stake and assesses efforts to prevent another violent fallout from the balloting.

Commentary / Africa

Violence, Land, and the Upcoming Vote in Kenya’s Laikipia Region

Crisis Group’s Senior Analyst Murithi Mutiga has just returned from a weeklong tour of the troubled central Kenyan county of Laikipia, where violence between indigenous nomadic pastoralists and ranchers is escalating in the run-up to elections scheduled for 8 August.

Commentary / Africa

August Election Tensions Rise in Storied Kenyan County

The stakes are high in contests for local power in Kenya’s August 2017 elections. There is still time for the government and international donors to help avert a replay of past electoral violence, notably by renewing support for local peace committees.

Commentary / Africa

Kenya: Avoiding Another Electoral Crisis

Political tensions are rising in Kenya ahead of elections in August for the presidency and other senior posts. Measures taken now can avert the risk of a repeat of electoral violence that killed hundreds of people in 2007-2008.