Kenya's president gets sums wrong in national address

BY: bbc.com
Kenya's president gets sums wrong in national address
Kenya's president gets sums wrong in national address

Kenyans online have been pointing out errors made by President Uhuru Kenyatta during a national address on Tuesday, outlining what he said he’d achieved during his eight years in office.

He praised the army for helping revive the previously loss-making state-run Kenya Meat Commission (KMC), but got his sums wrong in the process.

He said under the army, the KMC had collected one million Kenyan shillings ($8,900; £6,700) each day at one of its new retail outlets.

“This one million translates to 30 million every month, and 3.6 billion Kenyan shillings annually in just one outlet,” he said.

But that doesn’t add up. With 12 months in a year, the correct figure should be 360 million Kenyan shillings - not 3.6 billion.

President Kenyatta also appears to have got it wrong when talking about Kenya’s expansion in power-generating capacity during his term.

He said when he took over in 2013, capacity was at 1,300 megawatts, and that the figure had doubled to 2,600 megawatts.

"This translates to 325 megawatts installed every year under my administration," he said.

Again, that seems to be an error because an increase of 1,300 megawatts over eight years equals around 162 megawatts a year - not 325 megawatts.