The Kenyatta family’s hubris
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Politics and Society The Kenyatta family’s hubris

In the Aug. 9 Kenyan polls, Azimio coalition backed by Pres Uhuru Kenyatta was whitewashed in the key Mt Kenya region. Prior to the elections, the chickens had already been counted — Mt Kenya would overwhelmingly vote blue. The Kenyattas costly assumed that victory was certain but were left smarting, asking “why have the Kikuyu people turned against us?”

Uhuru Kenyatta’s deafening silence on Ruto win telling
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Politics and Society Uhuru Kenyatta’s deafening silence on Ruto win telling

Uhuru Kenyatta has hardly spoken since Kenyans went to the polls, not even a formal congratulations to his erstwhile deputy, William Ruto. He must still be reeling from shock after Raila Odinga – who he was backing as his successor lost. For Kenyatta, the rejection of Raila by the GEMA nation is particularly embarrassing and leaves a bad taste.

Injected with “Yellow Fever” jab, GEMA roots for Ruto in the elections
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Politics and Society Injected with “Yellow Fever” jab, GEMA roots for Ruto in the elections

Kenyans voted for a new leader on 9 August and few would have predicted how the GEMA nation would vote. Mt Kenya took the heaviest beating from United Democratic Alliance (UDA) and the “yellow wave” reigned supreme. William Ruto-led party secured a majority of votes from the GEMA region, turning the yellow to a red card for Kenyattaism in central Kenya. But why did GEMA go against the grain?

Kenya’s outlandish public debt albatross
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Politics and Society Kenya’s outlandish public debt albatross

Kenya is struggling with its public debt, a heavy burden to the long-suffering citizens. Debt servicing currently sits at 65% of the total national budget. For every 100 shilling that the government has been collecting, 65 shillings has been going to debt repayment. As the debt spirals out of control, the corresponding poverty level is rising sharply.

Underdog Gachagua turns the tables on Karua
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Politics and Society Underdog Gachagua turns the tables on Karua

Kenya’s presidential running mates went head-to-head on July 19, 2022. Azimio’s Martha Karua was an easy favourite to dominate the Deputy Presidential debate but Kenya Kwanza’s Rigathi Gachagua caught her flat-footed. Styling herself as a champion and chief crusader of fighting corruption, Karua didn’t convincingly persuade Kenyans on many issues, including how an Azimio government would deal with the runaway vice.