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Vol 44 No 11

Published 30th May 2003


Kenya

NARCotic

The governing coalition is quarrelsome but greedy MPs help prevent a split

Divisions in the governing coalition have grown sharper during the constitutional review conference, which opened on 30 April in the Bomas of Kenya park and promises to continue half-way through June. Taking part are all 223 members of parliament and 406 delegates representing Kenya's 71 districts. Critics noted the irony of drafting a new constitution in, as one put it, 'a theme park where Africans dance for tourists'. They also note that the United Nations Development Programme has just spent eight million Kenya shillings (US$110,000) on three seminars reviewing the draft constitution exactly as the delegates are doing now.

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