Murithi Mutiga Deputy Project Director, Horn of Africa Nairobi, Kenya Please submit all media inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org or call +32 (0) 2 536 00 71 Crisis Group Role Murithi Mutiga is Deputy 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 15 Mar 2018 When [Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga] has a seat at the table, you expect that there will be less inclination to behave irresponsibly and to close down the democratic space. World Politics Review Murithi Mutiga Deputy Project Director, Horn of Africa 9 Mar 2018 It is vital that [Kenya’s President Kenyatta and opposition leader Odinga] invest heavily in ensuring that a more lasting settlement emerges from their talks. Reuters Murithi Mutiga Deputy Project Director, Horn of Africa 2 Feb 2018 While we were hoping that [Kenya], after a bruising election season, could pull together, that seems a lost hope. The Wall Street Journal Murithi Mutiga Deputy Project Director, Horn of Africa 30 Jan 2018 [Kenya's President] Kenyatta, by resisting all attempts at dialogue, has put himself in a position where he will continue to struggle to be seen as the president of all Kenyans. Reuters Murithi Mutiga Deputy Project Director, Horn of Africa 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 Deputy Project Director, 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 Deputy Project Director, Horn of Africa Latest Updates Commentary / Africa 1 August 2017 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 25 July 2017 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 14 June 2017 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 3 March 2017 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.