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Vol 43 No 2

Published 25th January 2002


The generation game

President Moi gives the grey politicians another chance in the succession race

Inscrutable as the Sphinx, President Daniel arap Moi confers favour on one faction, then withdraws it the next day. Even his most vehement opponents salute his political cunning. As the ruling Kenya African National Union squabbles over who will succeed him as party and national leader, he sees that the main threat to his continued supremacy comes from the party's insatiably ambitious presidential praise-singers. He has three options: to stay put via a constitutional device; to hand over to KANU's old bruisers, such as Nicholas Kipyator Biwott and George Saitoti; or to pass the baton to the younger generation, such as Wycliffe Musalia Mudavadi and Uhuru Kenyatta.

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