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Vol 39 No 19

Published 25th September 1998


Kenya

Seriously, though

The horror of the bombings brought a political truce, but it's proving temporary

The threat of a national strike by 260,000 teachers on 5 October appears to mark the end of the political calm which descended after the bombing of the United States’ Embassy on 7 August. The tragedy is seen as a benchmark. Politically, it enabled President Daniel arap Moi to put on a new face as a champion of democratic constitutional reform. It may be no coincidence that the government is asking for help in repairing the bomb-damage from donors who have long been deterred by corruption and delays in promised reform. Early this month, Moi said he was now ‘seriously’ opposed to corruption in the public service.

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