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Kenya’s Presidential Hopefuls Tout ‘Hustler Fund’ to ‘BabaCare’

  • Kenyans set to vote in presidential election on Aug. 9
  • Cost of living, unemployment among key election issues
Raila Odinga during a campaign rally in Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium in Kisumu, on Aug. 4.
Raila Odinga during a campaign rally in Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium in Kisumu, on Aug. 4.Photographer: Ed Ram/Getty Images

Kenya’s leading presidential candidates ramped up their pledges to address the spiraling cost of living and growing inequality as their campaigns head for the finish line before next week’s election.

Voters go to the polls on Aug. 9 with the fastest inflation in five years and high youth unemployment among their biggest concerns to choose between Deputy President William Ruto and ex-prime minister Raila Odinga, the two major party candidates. Both have promised people squeezed by a slowdown in East Africa’s biggest economy a grab bag of subsidies and social programs.