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Vol 60 No 15

Published 26th July 2019


A killing joke

A fake letter detailing an assassination plot against the Deputy President has widened the fault lines within the ruling elite

The political drama sparked by a fake letter claiming that several cabinet ministers from President Uhuru Kenyatta's Mount Kenya homeland had been plotting to kill Deputy President William Ruto provides yet more evidence of the fragility and fractiousness of his government. It has widened the political rift, but not yet led to a rupture, between Ruto's Kalenjin following in the Rift Valley and their erstwhile Kikuyu allies, some of whose leaders prefer a new alliance with one-time opposition leader Raila Odinga and his Orange Democratic Movement.

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