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Vol 59 No 5

Published 9th March 2018


Kenya

Down the autocrat's alley

The government claims its political crackdown will boost growth. It's more likely to do the opposite

There has been a sea change in President Uhuru Kenyatta's political style. In a television interview last September, David Wakairu Murathe, the Jubilee Party Deputy Chairman and a confidant of the President, said: 'What this country now needs is a benevolent dictator. People have been too soft so that things have gone rogue'. He cited the examples of Uganda and Rwanda as 'countries that are stable because of the leadership that they had'. In Kenyatta's second term, he said, 'the kid gloves are off'.

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