Confirmed: Kenya a failing state

If you doubt that Kenya is joining the ranks of failed states, here’s further proof of how low our cruel, corrupt leaders have sunk the country.

Decay and ruin in Kenya

Decay and ruin in Kenya

Kenya dropped five points in the global failed states index. In 2007, Kenya was ranked 31 among countries most likely to fail. In 2008, thanks to the elections debacle and the near civil war that followed, Kenya dropped to position 26.

To put it bluntly, only 26 countries separate Kenya from the likes of Sudan, Iraq and Somalia. The three failed states won gold, silver and bronze respectively.

The total number of countries measured was 177, with Sudan at the worst and Norway ranked as the most stable country on earth. Kenya finds itself in the same category as Haiti, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lebanon and Afghanistan.

Kenyans should be concerned that Rwanda, Burkina Faso, Tanzania and Cameroun are faring much better. Even Swaziland, with King Mswati reed dances and scary HIV infection rates is doing better than Kenya at position 61.

Regionally, Uganda and Burundi are lower than Kenya at positions 15 and 19 respectively. However, the two countries have experienced rebel attacks for the past 30 years continuously while Kenya was at peace.

The failed states index is published annually by the Fund for Peace. The index focuses on the indicators of risk and is based on thousands of articles and reports that are processed by specialized software from electronically available sources.

The indicators of risk used to measure national stability are:

Social Indicators

1. Mounting Demographic Pressures

2. Massive Movement of Refugees of Internally Displaced Persons creating complex humanitarian emergencies

3. Legacy of Vengeance-Seeking Group Grievances or Group Paranoia

4. Chronic and Sustained Human Flight

Economic Indicators

5. Uneven Economic Development along Group Lines

6. Sharp and/or Severe Economic Decline

Political Indicators

7. Criminalization and/or delegitimization of the State

8. Progressive Deterioration of Public Services

9. Suspension or Arbitrary Application of the Rule of Law and Widespread Violation of Human Rights

10. Security Apparatus Operates as a “State within a State”

11. Rise of Factionalized Elites

12. Intervention of Other States or External Political Actors.


2 Responses

  1. I am suprised that funny countries are more stable than kenya. It is suspicious how these points are allocated in the index

  2. Well, if you look at the social, economic and political indicators of state failure, you will see that most of them apply to Kenya. All these are threats to the continued existence of Kenya. However, most of these problems are a creation of politicians who think that their status and wealth gives them immunity from potential chaos. They will be in for a rude shock when matters get out of hand for they will be the first victims as happened during the French and Russian revolutions.

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