The relationship between ethnic violence and politics is explicit and inescapable in Kenya. Historically the formation of political parties in nineteen thirteen were ethnically founded. Various political parties presented their grievances as a community, not only that but also the leadership was ethnically organized. Therefore the trajectory of early political party is what is being carried own by politician but taking a more complex and dynamics of ethnic violence and politics in Kenya. During campaign and electioneering period politicians have been involved in incitements of communities against each other especially in Rift valley and Kisumu. The study sought to unravel the relationship between ethnic violence and politics in Kenya. The study employed instrumentalism theory of ethnicity which emphasizes that elites and politicians have weaponised or devised ethnicity so as to materially gain from the society. Descriptive research design was used which provided a vivid description of experience of ethnic violence. The effect of ethnic violence is thorn in the flesh of the inhabitants of hot spot areas such as Kisumu and Rift valley. Therefore the government should put in place policies that emphasizes unity and ethnic tolerance. It should further set policies and modus operendis of mitigating ethnic violence. The government should set stringent measures for, Politicians involved in incitement of communities against each other should charge.
Instrumentalism, Ethnicity, Violence, Politics, Ethnic Violence
Precious Joan Wapukha , Margaret Nanjala Matisi "Panoramic Relationship Between Ethnic Violence and Politics in Kenya" Iconic Research And Engineering Journals Volume 5 Issue 7 2022 Page 76-83
Precious Joan Wapukha , Margaret Nanjala Matisi "Panoramic Relationship Between Ethnic Violence and Politics in Kenya" Iconic Research And Engineering Journals, 5(7)