Kenyans are heading to the polls to vote in elections on August 8, 2017, against a backdrop of mounting political tensions, increased competition, and fears of electoral violence.

Why is there an enormous amount of pressure surrounding these elections? What does it look like on-the-ground? And why are these elections critical to Kenya’s future? 

In episode eight of “Global,” our hosts explore these questions and the political history of Kenya.


This episode features conversations with U.S. Ambassador to Kenya William Bellamy, Kenyan anti-corruption warrior John Githongo, and IRI alumnus Lauren Ploch Blanchard of the Congressional Research Service.


William Bellamy

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya


John Githongo

Kenyan anti-corruption warrior


Lauren Ploch Blanchard

Congressional Research Service

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