NAIROBI, July 9 (Reuters) - Kenya's central bank held its key benchmark lending rate at 8.5 percent on Tuesday.
Following are analyst and trader reactions:
PETER MUTUKU, HEAD OF TRADING, BANK OF AFRICA
'I think the decision is ok. But personally, I would have wanted to see it cut. But they seem to think everything is okay. I know balance of payments has its pressures, but they should delink balance of payment from economic growth. They need to spur growth more.
'With nothing having been done we expect status quo in the foreign exchange market. But the shilling will remain under pressure. Fundamentally the shilling is still weak.'
(Reporting by Kevin Mwanza; Editing by James Macharia) Keywords: KENYA RATES/
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