Kenya

Country Kenya
Capital Nairobi
Continent Africa
Currency Kenyan shilling(KES)
Languages Swahili & English

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Introduction

Founding president and liberation struggle icon Jomo KENYATTA led Kenya from independence in 1963 until his death in 1978, when President Daniel Toroitich arap MOI took power in a constitutional succession. The country was a de facto one-party state from 1969 until 1982 when the ruling Kenya African National Union (KANU) made itself the sole legal party in Kenya. MOI acceded to internal and external pressure for political liberalization in late 1991. The ethnically fractured opposition failed to dislodge KANU from power in elections in 1992 and 1997, which were marred by violence and fraud, but were viewed as having generally reflected the will of the Kenyan people. President MOI stepped down in December 2002 following fair and peaceful elections. Mwai KIBAKI, running as the candidate of the multiethnic, united opposition group, the National Rainbow Coalition (NARC), defeated KANU candidate Uhuru KENYATTA and assumed the presidency following a campaign centered on an anticorruption platform. KIBAKI's NARC coalition splintered in 2005 over the constitutional review process. Government defectors joined with KANU to form a new opposition coalition, the Orange Democratic Movement, which defeated the government's draft constitution in a popular referendum in November 2005. KIBAKI's reelection in December 2007 brought charges of vote rigging from ODM candidate Raila ODINGA and unleashed two months of violence in which as many as 1,500 people died. UN-sponsored talks in late February produced a powersharing accord bringing ODINGA into the government in the restored position of prime minister.

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Kenyans speak out against widow-cleansing tradition - Aljazeera.com

Aljazeera.com

Kenyans speak out against widow-cleansing tradition
Aljazeera.com
Nyanza, Kenya - In parts of Kenya tradition dictates that a widow is inherited by another man, usually a relative. Before that happens, however, she first has to engage in so-called widow-cleansing rituals which can include a sexual act with another man.



Amid violence and fraud, Kenya has hired international auditors to oversee its election - Quartz

Quartz

Amid violence and fraud, Kenya has hired international auditors to oversee its election
Quartz
In less than 107 days, Kenya goes to the polls to elect a new president, 47 governors, 290 parliament seats, and 1,450 county level seats. But preparations for the upcoming general election in one of Africa's most stable democracies and largest ...

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Kenya Cup champs get bye - The Standard (press release)

The Standard (press release)

Kenya Cup champs get bye
The Standard (press release)
Kenya Cup champions Kenya Commercial Bank, Kabras Sugar, Strathmore Leos and Resolution Impala Saracens all got byes to the next round. In the pre-quarterfinal matches, Blak Blad takes on Mwamba at Kenyatta University. The winner of this clash ...



New Zealand's response to help drought-stricken Kenya - Scoop.co.nz (press release)

SBS

New Zealand's response to help drought-stricken Kenya
Scoop.co.nz (press release)
ChildFund New Zealand and Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand are calling for urgent donations to provide emergency food and water aid to children and their families in drought-stricken Turkana, Kenya, following a pledge from the New Zealand Government to ...
Comment: Why the African food crisis is one of the worst humanitarian disasters since WWIISBS

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With an Eye on Electoral Violence, Kenya Keeps Tight Rein on Media - The Wire

The Wire

With an Eye on Electoral Violence, Kenya Keeps Tight Rein on Media
The Wire
The Kenya Communication Authority's new media regulations have raised worries about the government trying to control coverage of the polls.

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Upto 40% of all cars sold in Kenya are now being sold online using online platforms - The Standard (press release)

The Standard (press release)

Upto 40% of all cars sold in Kenya are now being sold online using online platforms
The Standard (press release)
Upto 40% of all cars sold in Kenya are now being sold online, using online platforms. As more and more expensive asset go online and more expensive deals are sealed, this has raised concerns over the security of buyers and sellers who often have had to ...



Global print solution provider opens shop in Nairobi - The Standard (press release)

Global print solution provider opens shop in Nairobi
The Standard (press release)
US-based leading ink and toner retailer and franchisor Cartridge World has opened a shop in Kenya adding to four in East Africa after opening one in Tanzania in 2015. The store, which will be based at Heights Building in Westlands, Nairobi will offer ...

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Horny male seeks mate: Kenya's last northern white rhino joins Tinder - Eyewitness News

Eyewitness News

Horny male seeks mate: Kenya's last northern white rhino joins Tinder
Eyewitness News
The embryo will be implanted in a surrogate southern white rhino, a far more common species. "We tried everything to get them to mate naturally," said Elodie Sampere, the marketing manager at Kenya's Ol Pejeta conservancy, where all three white rhinos ...
Kenya's last northern white rhino joins TinderThe Straits Times
Looking for love! Kenya's last male northern white rhino, Sudan, joins dating applicationTUKO.CO.KE
Most Eligible Bachelor | Ol Pejeta ConservancyOl Pejeta Conservancy

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Satellite images trigger payouts for Kenyan farmers in grip of drought - The Guardian

The Guardian

Satellite images trigger payouts for Kenyan farmers in grip of drought
The Guardian
The Kenyan government is scaling up an innovative livestock insurance programme that uses satellite imagery of drought-hit areas to offer a safety net to vulnerable farmers. The Kenya Livestock Insurance Programme (Klip) monitors forage conditions ...



Fight for Power Takes New Forms as Kenyan Elections Approach - U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report

Fight for Power Takes New Forms as Kenyan Elections Approach
U.S. News & World Report
KISUMU (Reuters) - A crowd of elated young men danced outside the market in Kenya's southern Kisumu city, waving the crisp new 200 shilling ($2) notes that a local politician was distributing from behind a dusty speaker that pounded out music. Shoppers ...

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