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Kenyan communists launch cultural campaign accusing ruling elite of ‘killing the poor’

KENYAN communists have launched a major cultural campaign as they accused the country’s ruling elite of carrying out a genocide of the poor. 

Communist Party of Kenya (CPK) deputy chairman and national organising secretary Booker Ngese Omole aims to engage with young people ahead of a general election scheduled for August.

“In an attempt to improve the quality of life I will put in place social facilities. I will start sports clubs, dancing clubs, singing clubs, moving village theatre,” he said.

The campaign was launched with a hip-hop election video under the slogan “Fanya upate.”

He criticised Kenyan politicians, many of whom were caught up in the Pandora Papers scandal.

In October it was revealed that President Uhuru Kenyatta and six members of his family had secretly owned a network of offshore companies for decades.

The papers revealed their offshore investments included a company with stocks and bonds worth about $30 million (£22m).

Around 36 per cent of Kenya’s population lives below the poverty line, living on less than $1.90 (£1.40) a day.

Mr Omole described those who enrich themselves as “parasites that live of the sweat of the poor workers,” saying that “the only art they know is theft.”

“The filthy rich politicians in this country are guilty of genocide, they steal millions of money meant to equip our hospitals literally killing the poor,” he said.

The CPK changed its name from the Social Democratic Party of Kenya in December 2019 in what was described as “a historic decision.”

It said it was ready to “enter the battle of ideas in Kenya and the world as CPK” after ditching a name it said it held for historical reasons although its programme was committed to communism and destroying “the neocolonial capitalist system.”

“Let the capitalists, imperialists, opportunists and oppressors of all sorts who day and night seeking to maintain the reactionary order of exploitation of person by person tremble: CPK has been born today and is here to stay,” it declared.

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