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Kenyan President Fills Key Cabinet Jobs


Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki has picked two allies to serve in key cabinet positions, including a controversial figure accused in a corruption scandal.

Mr. Kibaki named Uhuru Kenyatta, the son of the country's former president, to serve as finance minister.

Kenyatta replaces Amos Kimunya, who resigned as finance minister in July after corruption claims involving the sale of a government-owned luxury hotel.

Mr. Kibaki named Kimunya to be his trade minister.

Earlier this month, corruption claims emerged involving the trade industry.

The Kenyan government vowed to investigate claims that desperately needed corn (maize) was diverted to southern Sudan to be resold at a higher price.

In the last month, the heads of Kenya's state-owned oil pipeline and the country's tourism board have been implicated in corruption scandals.

The claims raise questions about the ability of Kenya's coalition government to fight corruption.

Mr. Kibaki and his Party of National Unity agreed to a power-sharing deal with Prime Minister Raila Odinga and his Orange Democratic Movement in 2008.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters

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