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Title:Kenya & the war on terrorism
Author:Kamau, Wanjiru CarolyneISNI
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Geographic term:Kenya
civil society
foreign intervention
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/03056240600671407
Abstract:On 30 April 2003 the Kenyan government introduced the Suppression of Terrorism Bill. Almost immediately the Bill came under attack from members of civil society who primarily rejected it as violating Kenya's Constitution, legalizing the violation of human rights, and particularly targeting Kenyan Muslims as terrorists. A variety of critics agreed that the Bill was in the interests of, and probably drafted by, Western powers - the USA and Great Britain in particular. Members of civil society alleged that the Bill rolled back the democratic gains of Kenyans who had recently rid themselved of a despot. In the end the government was forced to withdraw the legislation from parliament and to return to the drawing board. This episode provides helpful insight into the role of civil society in the consolidation of new democracies and raises broader issues about the precise role of foreign countries in democratic transitions, and especially major donors - specifically their role in the Kenyan case. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]