Food Crisis, Corruption Targeted by Opposition in Kenya Election


The Kenyan government’s handling of food shortages caused by one of the East African nation’s worst droughts in three decades and allegations of corruption are emerging as the key opposition weapons in its bid to unseat President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Jubilee Party in August elections.

Kenya’s latest drought, which has spanned three seasons, cut production of corn, used to make a staple food, and resulted in shortages of products including sugar and milk. Inflation accelerated to 11.7 percent in May, the highest level in five years, squeezing families in an economy where almost half of the population lives on less than $2 a day.



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