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Vol 39 No 4

Published 20th February 1998


Kenya

Moi's last lap

Trying to defuse political rows over a new wave of killings in the Rift and election-rigging, KANU wants to concentrate on the succession

The signs are that President Daniel arap Moi’s final term in office will be as troubled as the last two. His victory in the December elections (AC Vol 39 No 1) has been tarnished by independent reports of vote-rigging by the Kenya African National Union (see Box) and of the killing of over 100 people in Nakuru and Laikipia districts in the Rift Valley last month. Nor can Moi expect much good economic news: growth in gross domestic product is projected at less than 3 per cent this year, with food production badly hit by the El Niño floods. Foreign capital inflows have slumped because of political instability, worsening corruption and the International Monetary Fund’s consequent suspension of a US$205 million soft loan in August (AC Vol 38 No 16).

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