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Senior Lecturer Authors Book Chapter

  Apr 12, 2013

Dr. Robert Mudida, a senior lecturer at Strathmore Business School wrote a chapter entitled ‘The Philosophy of Non-Violence and its Application in the Management of Kenya’s Constitutional Conflicts,’ in a book released in 2013 titled ‘War and Peace in Africa: Philosophy, Theology and the Politics of Confrontation.’

In the chapter, Dr. Mudida argues that peace is more than simply the absence of war. Kenya’s previous constitution had ceased to meet the needs and expectations of the Kenyan society and therefore became a major source of structural conflict. The paper contends that reform movements inspired by fundamentally non-violent ideologies are arguably preferable to violent ones. A vital goal of non-violent action is the preservation of human life. Non-violence literally implies restraining from taking up arms or killing or wounding people and it may be described as insistence on the freedom of conscience and the struggle to find a correct relationship with an established authority.

In the Kenyan context, the application of non-violence succeeded in starting the process of constitutional reform. Some progress was also made by the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission in collecting and analysing views from Kenyans on the preferred direction of constitutional change. The review process in Kenya often stagnated over the two decades of agitation for constitutional reform. At such times non-violent means were used to jumpstart the constitutional review process eventually culminating in the adoption of a new constitution in August 2010.

The book was edited by David W. Lutz, Paul M. Shimiyu, George Ndemo Osengo and Opiyo A. Oguta and published by Academica Press, an independent scholarly press specializing in publishing monographs and reference material in the humanities and social sciences. The book is currently available at Amazon.

Dr. Mudida has considerable lecturing experience in the areas of economics, financial management, international finance and general management. He holds a doctorate from the University of Nairobi, an MSc in Financial Economics from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies and an MA in International Studies from the University of Nairobi.

He has worked for several international organisations including having been the head of the commercial section of the Embassy of Chile in Kenya and an administrative officer with the Embassy of Spain in Nairobi for several years.

Dr. Mudida has published widely in his areas of research interest which include international economics, financial economics, institutional economics, the economics of development and the economics of conflict. He has also carried out numerous international consultancy assignments.

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