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Vol 58 No 6

Published 17th March 2017


Poll calendar under pressure

Against a stream of disputes and delays, doubts are growing that the elections will be peaceful, credible or on schedule

For a candidate who is way ahead of his rivals in the opinion polls, President Uhuru Kenyatta strikes the pose of a surprisingly angry and intemperate man. On 7 March at Lodwar in Turkana, where Kenya has struck oil, he openly told the county Governor, Joseph Nanok Koli, who supports the opposition, to improve the way he spends the money he gets from Nairobi (40 billion Kenyan shillings or US$400 million so far) before criticising the Kenyatta government for failing to increase Turkana's share of oil royalties by 5%. 'I did not create the formula on royalties, Parliament did… shame the devil', Kenyatta said, and called Nanok ungrateful.

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