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Vol 49 No 9

Published 25th April 2008


Kenya

Gluttons for punishment

The new ministerial team is Kenya’s most expensive ever: 42 ministers and 52 assistant ministers out of 222 members of parliament – 42% of all MPs. President Mwai Kibaki’s Party of National Unity had wanted a total of 44 ministers, including the 17 loyalists Kibaki had already appointed. Raila Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement had argued for 34 or less, but Kibaki needed to maintain the fragile PNU alliance and to keep as many regions as possible on side. This will be hugely expensive.

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