BP30: Kenyans and the economy: Disillusionment despite improved performance

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Briefing papers

The National Alliance Rainbow Coalition (NARC) came to power in Kenya in early 2003 after an election in which it had promised, among other things, to end corruption, institute free primary education, democratize the constitution, and foster economic regeneration.  Apart from introducing free primary education, the government’s other main achievement seems to be its contribution to boosting economic growth. According to official statistics, the Kenyan economy grew by about 4.3% in 2004, and is projected to have grown by 5.8% in 2005. In addition, the Kenya Revenue Authority reports a significant increase in tax collection, while activity at the Nairobi Stock Exchange has also risen.