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Vol 43 No 7

Published 5th April 2002


Chairman Moi

New KANU moves the country back to the one-party state

The dynamic duo, President Daniel arap Moi and his Trade Minister, Nicholas Kipyator Biwott, dominate Kenyan politics more completely than they have for a decade (AC Vol 43 Nos 1 & 2). They seized the moment of the merger of Moi's Kenya African National Union and Raila Amolo Odinga's National Development Party on 18 March to reshuffle the KANU deck to their huge advantage. The merged party is called New KANU (think Britain's New Labour, but with a virile red cockerel instead of New Labour's red rose). Moi remains Chairman of the new party, with greatly extended powers. When he vacates the presidency and if – which is almost certain – KANU wins the next parliamentary elections, he will in practice keep full control of both government and parliament.

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