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Kenyan Election Campaign Targets Chinese Loans

File image of Garissa Township MP Aden Duale, an outspoken critic of Chinese lending to Kenya. TONY KARUMBA / AFP

Chinese loans are looming large as Kenya gears up for its presidential election. Aden Duale, an MP for the opposition leader William Ruto’s Kwanza Coalition, singled out loans as a cause of corruption at an election rally during the weekend. 

Duale said: “We know the owners of the newly constructed Nairobi Expressway. We are telling the Chinese government that we will hold you and your companies to account. Any government that gives loans and debts in the next two months, you are violating the constitution,” apparently referring to Kenyan election law.

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