Discourses on Civil Society in Kenya by P. Wanyande, M.A. Okebe (editors)

By P. Wanyande, M.A. Okebe (editors)

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B. 2003. php accessed on 1/9/08. 38 Oyugi, O. W. 2003. The Politics of Transition in Kenya: From KANU to NARC. Heinrich Boll Foundation. PrZeworski, A. 1991. Democracy and the Market. Political and Economic Reforms in Eastern Europe and Latin America. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Shivji G. I. 2006. Let the People Speak. Tanzania Down the Road to Neo-Liberalism. Senegal. Codesria. Wanjala, S. 2002. , Mute, M. , and Akivaga, S. ) Building an Open Society: The Politics of Transition in Kenya.

The government strengthened their grassroots links by co-opting labour unions, cooperatives; self-help groups including the Maendeleo Ya Wanawake organization into the ruling party. Maendeleo Ya Wanawake was renamed KANU Maendeleo. Civil society was weakened and could not effectively fight for their causes. The nature of civil society engagement with government at this time was more often than not confrontational. Underground social movements that were not happy with government operations were also proliferating.

When the knowledge that emanates from daily experience is theorized and applied to everyday living, it has the power to transform individuals and in turn society. This heightens awareness and creates a level of understanding that makes it possible for individuals to appreciate the “otherness”. Freeland (2004) sees academia’s role in strengthening the foundation of a democratic society to emanate from the daily contact with young people, the fellowship of colleagues who pursue knowledge, the bustle of campus life, and the satisfaction of commencement.

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