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Vol 62 No 4

Published 18th February 2021


Politics of largesse

The economy has been badly hit by the Covid-19 pandemic but the President is still offering more giveaways

After two consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth, the Kenya economy is officially in recession. It shrank by 5.3% in the second quarter of 2020 largely due to the Covid-19 lockdown and the standstill in the global economy, and then lost a further 1.1% in the third quarter as schools remained shut, bars and restaurants had closed, and tourism had not picked up as a result of reduced international air travel.

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