International Journal of Language & Linguistics

ISSN 2374-8850 (Print), 2374-8869 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijll

A Critical Analysis of the Concept Majimbo in Kenya’s Political Circle
Mang’eni Nabwire Linda

At independence, the concept Majimbo became relevant in Kenya’s political sphere. Since then the concept has developed to an extent that today it determines the political atmosphere of the country during election. It has been noted that every time the term Majimbo surfaces in political campaigns, violence is detected. This paper takes a critical analysis of the meaning and usage of the concept Majimbo during elections in Kenya. Both the logical and enclopedic meaning of the concept has been discussed. Logically the concept is associated with regionalism, whereas enclopedically it has varied meanings depending on the politics of the day. Relevance theory has been used to explain the relevance of Majimbo and the varied interpretations that the electorates held especially during election.

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