The ruling party's factions fight for the purse strings
The government reshuffle of 18 February was, as usual in President Daniel arap Moi’s Kenya, announced by radio during the lunch hour, catching unaware the ministers and top civil servants involved. However, the most sensational change came three hours later, when Simeon Nyachae, Finance Minister since January 1998 and demoted to Industry Minister, resigned from cabinet. He was replaced by old Industry Minister Yekoyada Francis Omoto Masakhalia, a veteran economist and first-time member of parliament who is little known to the public.
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