Kenya's Independence Constitution, by Robert M. Maxon, details the evolution of Kenya's constitution during the final stage of decolonization. Starting with the close of the first Lancaster House conference of 1960, Maxon illuminates the many influences that shaped Kenya's constitution-making. It concludes in 1963, coinciding with the end of empire, when political ethnicity dominated discourse. While the self-government constitution provided for majimbo, or federal constitution, the winning party in the 1963 elections changed the constitution such that federalism's life expectancy was brief.
Robert M. Maxon is professor of African history at West Virginia University.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 Chapter One: Background to Constitution-Making and Decolonization Chapter 4 Chapter Two: Pressures for a New Constitution: Kenya, 1960-1961 Chapter 5 Chapter Three: Majimbo Takes Center Stage Chapter 6 Chapter Four: The Battle forMajimbo: Lancaster House II Chapter 7 Chapter Five: Making the Constitution, April-December 1962 Chapter 8 Chapter Six: Completing the Constitution, December 1962-April 1963 Chapter 9 Chapter Seven: The 1963 Election and Setting a Date for Independence Chapter 10 Chapter Eight: Change the Constitution Part 1: April-September 1963 Chapter 11 Chapter Nine: Change the Constitution Part 2: Lancaster House III and Kenya's Independence Constitution, September-December 1963 Chapter 12 Chapter Ten: Constitution-Making:Uhuru na Majimbo Chapter 13 Notes Chapter 14 Bibliography Chapter 15 Index