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Vol 44 No 2

Published 24th January 2003


Kenya

On the mend

Constitutional and economic reform top the new government's priority list

Optimists have suggested that Kenya's wheelchair-bound President Mwai Kibaki is a metaphor for the national condition: physically constrained but spiritually indomitable or in Kenya's new political parlance, 'unbwogable'. After Kibaki's admission to hospital with a blood clot in his leg (he has been confined to a wheelchair since a road accident during the campaign), the metaphor may need to stretch further still. As Kibaki was admitted to hospital, his Vice-President Michael Kijana Wamalwa was in London on diplomatic business and yes, a medical check on his kidney condition.

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