Analysis Of Uhuru Kenyatta's The Prince By Niccolò Machiavelli

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The strategies employed by Uhuru Kenyatta in securing his second presidency of Kenya are distinctly tied to the axioms put forth by Niccolò Machiavelli in his treatise The Prince, specifically the destruction of opposition and making promises but not keeping them. Uhuru Kenyatta ran with a recently created political party called the Jubilee Party, which arose as a beneficial merger of around ten smaller parties. In order to achieve a greater amount of support in his election, he made a deal with the Kenya African National Union (another prominent party), promising their leaders that he would provide cabinet spots to their party once elected. At this point in time, only one of around fifty spots in his cabinet are filled by a member of this compatriot party, with the rest being members of Kenyatta’s own party (Kibor). This action parallels the concept described by Machiavelli in chapter XVII of his work, where “Everyone admits how praiseworthy it is in a prince to keep his word… [but] those princes who have done great things have considered keeping their word of little account”. In keeping with this theme, Kenyatta also ran under the party platform of internal peace and accountable government; to project these promises publicly to gain kudos but not truly act on them is quintessentially Machiavellian. The most important trait that Kenyatta employed during his rise to power was his destruction and silencing of the opposition party in Kenya, the Orange Democratic Party.. The

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