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Vol 49 No 16

Published 1st August 2008


Kenya

Coalition under strain

There are tremors within the power-sharing grand coalition that ended the post-election mayhem

A day after the no-confidence vote in Parliament against ex-Finance Minister Amos Kimunya, the Deputy Prime Minister, Uhuru Kenyatta, called a press conference. He was belligerent, describing the no-confidence motion as a lynching, accusing Orange Democratic Movement ministers of leaking confidential cabinet information to the media and wondering how long the grand coalition would last. A few hours earlier, with several ministers and financiers from his Party of National Unity (PNU), Kenyatta had visited President Mwai Kibaki at State House and strongly defended Kimunya.

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