Uhuru Kenyatta, Raila Odinga

Uhuru Kenyatta, Raila Odinga In Tight Race To Become Next Kenyan President

The race for the next President of Kenya between Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga is very tight. The general and presidential elections in the country is scheduled on August 8 to fill about 1,880 positions.

Kenyatta is from the Jubilee party and Odinga from National Super Alliance. Both are the highest profile leaders in Kenya and have dominated the country’s politics since independence.

Kenyatta as well as Odinga have assured their supporters to be winning the election and become the next president. Neither side is prepared to accept the possibility of defeat.

It is feared the elections may take the shape of violence that was seen in the 2007 votes that reflected ethnic rivalries in politics.

Meanwhile, recently the country announced state officials to have salaries cuts and wipe off of perks and allowances to reduce the wage bill to sustainable levels and improve the service delivery of government.

For months protests and strikes were on rise in Kenya over low pay by doctors, nurses and teachers compared to other workers.

It is learned the cut will include Kenyan president too apart from lawmakers and members of county assemblies. There will be a 13 percent salary cut for president and 12.5 percent salary slash for legislators.

It is also being estimated Kenya to save about 8.853 billion shillings and bring down the wage bill to below 35 percent of domestic revenue after the cut in salaries of the state officials. At present the wage bill is at 52 percent.

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