Thursday, May 18, 2017
After the chaotic and competitive party primaries prior to the August 8 general election, many disappointed contestants are seeking to run as independents across all six positions: president, parliamentarian, governor, senator, county assembly member and women's representative (who sits in the national parliament). This will further fragment the political scene, making the campaign for presidential votes less certain in party strongholds.
- Jubilee could benefit from two pre-election economic milestones: the completion of the new railway and the first trucked oil exports.
- However, key swing votes from the urban poor in Nairobi may be lost due to rising inflation.
- The combination of drought and pre-election investor hesitancy makes the World Bank's downward growth revision to 5.5% credible.