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Polygraph test to weed out corruption in Kenya

Smarting from a slew of corruption scandals that have rocked his administration, Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has now suggested that government officials in charge of procurement should take a polygraph test to help deal with graft, Daily Nation reports.

He said the test was just one of new measures that would be unveiled to deal with corruption.

He made the announcement in his speech at the official celebration of Madaraka day - the day Kenya assumed self rule.

He said Kenya had to eliminate "corruption in our country before it fully destroys us and the future of our children".

The latest corruption scandal to hit Mr Kenyatta's administration is the theft of 8bn Kenyan shillings (£59m; $78m) in one of his signature projects that was set up to address youth unemployment.

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Some 40 civil servants are facing charges over the stealing of the money from the National Youth Service.

There have been numerous corruption cases since Mr Kenyatta took power, but little in the way of high profile convictions.

According to a March report by the auditor general, some $400m of public funds could not be accounted for.

The news of a polygraph test has been met with scorn on Twitter:

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Kenya's president calls for 'forgiveness'

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has called for forgiveness and reconciliation during his state of the nation address.

"If there was anything I said last year that hurt or wounded you, if I damaged the unity of this country in any way, I ask you to forgive me, and to join me in repairing that harm," Mr Kenyatta said.

Mr Kenyatta was criticized for calling the judges "thugs" after the Supreme Court annulled his election win in August 2017.

He won a re-run, which was boycotted by his main rival Raila Odinga. Mr Kenyatta called Mr Odinga "a mad man".

"I pray that all of us will spend the days and weeks after this address repairing the bonds that frayed last year," he said during today's address.

"Let us apologize for our words,and for the anger and malice that Kenyans heard."

The President won an heated election re-run last October, which Mr Odinga had boycotted.

Around 150 people were killed in election-related, with police accused of using excessive force to quell opposition-organised protests.

Mr Odinga and Mr Kenyatta shook hands in March to promote reconciliation.

There was a mixed response by Kenyans to today's speech by Mr Kenyatta:

Encouraging that Uhuru apologised for damaging the unity of the country with his words anger, malice and hatred in… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

An obvious missed opportunity to build more bridges by failing to condemn police brutality and condole victims and… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

A Twitter user wrote "Kenyans can’t reconcile and be at peace without the truth."

@Ukenyatta has asked for forgiveness. Now let the IEBC serves be opened. Kenyans can’t reconcile and be at peace wi… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

Apologizing is not just words it's compensation and justice 4 the damage and loss of life in the hands of the polic… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

No golf for Kenya's opposition leader

Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga, the self-declared "peoples president", made another public appearance with his long-time political nemesis turned "brother and friend", President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The two leaders who have decided to work together to "reconcile the nation" after a bitter and often violent political campaign period attended a golf tournament together on Sunday.

Mr Odinga, an ardent football fan, tweeted that he would have preferred to watch local soccer giants Gor Mahia than golf.

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