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sion that might allow for more accountability. Then, the democratic space
that Kenyans like Mutua worked so hard to open may contract yet again.
We are already seeing signs of this in the plethora of recent arrests of citi-
zens who speak out against corruption, police brutality, and torture. How
can this be stopped? The culture of impunity must be punctured. Kenya’s
civil society actors also need to reconcile, unite, and heed Mutua’s call for
a new social movement that trumps ethnic divisions—focusing not only
on a new constitution for all but also on an agenda of economic empower-
ment for Kenya’s poor majority.
                                                             Jacqueline M. Klopp
                                                              Columbia University
                                                             New York, New York

henning Melber, ed. Transitions in Namibia: Which Changes for Whom? Upp-
sala: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, 2007. 262 pp. Tables. Graphs. Notes. References.
$37.50. Paper.

Henning Melber’s edited volume Transitions in Namibia is the last output
from the “Liberation and Democracy in Southern Africa” project hosted
by the Nordic Africa Institute; this excellent work is a continuation of
Melber’s edited volume from the same series, Re-examining Liberation in
Namibia: Political Culture since Independence (2003). This book addresses
the rhetoric of transformation heard from the current administration,
reflecting the powerful presence of the former president Sam Nujoma.
In essence Melber argues that ruling party liberation mythology functions
more as a smokescreen than as a story of meaningful change for Namib-
ians. The evidence presented in these fourteen chapters provides convinc-
ing weight to Melber’s conclusions about the faltering state of democracy
in Namibia.
     For that argument alone Transitions in Namibia is a useful book, espe-
cially for those interested in the fate of the semi-
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