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Friday, August 25, 2017

Kenyatta sows discord in opposition ranks

(Africa Intelligence)- Newly re-elected on Aug. 8, president Uhuru Kenyatta and his vice-president, William Ruto, appear intent on doing the maximum to divide the opposition.

 The opposition leader, Raila Odinga, who lost face to Kenyatta, submitted a brief to the Supreme Court on Aug. 18 that challenged the election's result. Now Kenyatta and Ruto are working to persuade some eminent members of the opposition to disassociate themselves from Odinga.
 The two have dispatched envoys - the president's chief of staff, Joseph Kinyua, speaker of Parliament, Justin Muturi and the former majority leader in Parliament, Aden Duale - to meet with a number of prominent opposition figures. For instance, they have talked to former governors Evans Kidero (Nairobi) and Isaac Ruto (Bomet) as well as with the re-elected governor James Ongwae in Kisii and the former senator from Mombasa, Hassan Omar Hassan.



Those who failed to win re-election on Aug. 8 have been promised government jobs while others who were elected are being offered financial assistance from the government to carry through the projects that won them their seats.
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