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Title:'Kenya: Twendapi?': Re-reading Abdilatif Abdalla's pamphlet fifty years after independence
Author:Kresse, K.
Geographic term:Kenya
Discipline:Political Science & Government
Subjects:Abdalla A.
Kenya People's Union
Abstract:The pamphlet 'Kenya: Twendapi?' (Kenya: Where are we heading?) is a text often referred to but rarely read or analysed. Abdilatif Abdalla wrote it as a twenty-two-year-old political activist of the KPU opposition as a critique of the dictatorial tendencies of Jomo Kenyatta and his KANU government in 1968, and consequently suffered three years of isolation in prison. Many (at least on the East African political and literary scene) know about 'Kenya: Twendapi?' but few seem to have read it. Indeed, it seems almost unavailable to read. This contribution to Africa's Local Intellectuals series provides a summary reconstruction of its main points and arguments, and a contextual discussion of the text. This is combined with the first published English translation (overseen by Abdalla himself) and a reprint of the original Swahili text, an important but almost inaccessible document. (ASC-documentation)