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Vol 53 No 1

Published 6th January 2012


Kenya

A vote on unfinished business

Rival politicians in the power-sharing government are battling for votes but have failed to deliver on their promises of land reform

The grand coalition staggers on, costly and unwieldy. All the top politicians and most of the contenders for the presidential election due in December 2012 are part of it, so it is hard for them to criticise an arrangement stitched together after the devastating violence that followed the 2008 polls. At the Jamhuri (Republic) Day ceremonies on 12 December, President Mwai Emilio Kibaki, 80, was sandwiched between the three leading contenders to succeed him but the speakers seemed eerily disconnected from the public’s main concerns.

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