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 now asking questions about the health sector - The Standard (press release)

The Standard (press release)

Kenyans now asking questions about the health sector
The Standard (press release)
This week I had four encounters in my office of healthy Kenyans who paid me a visit so I could explain to them what was going on in the health sector. I had another similar conversation with acquaintances at a public sector function. I am pleasantly ...

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US approves Sh43 billion aircraft sale to Kenya - The Standard (press release)

The Standard (press release)

US approves Sh43 billion aircraft sale to Kenya
The Standard (press release)
On Kenya, the Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said Monday the approval was for the possible sale of up to 12 Air Tractor AT-802L planes and two AT-504 trainer aircraft, a weapons package, technical support and programme management.
State Dept. approves $418 million aircraft sale to KenyaUPI.com
Kenya to field Air Tractor light attack turbopropsIHS Jane's 360
Kenya to get $418 million military equipment from the United Statesafricanews
Daily Nation -Anadolu Agency -The Star, Kenya
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Kenya accused of kidnapping South Sudanese rebel officials - South Sudan News Agency

South Sudan News Agency

Kenya accused of kidnapping South Sudanese rebel officials
South Sudan News Agency
The official who asked not to be identified for fear of reprisal said Dong Samuel Luak and Aggrey Idri were kidnapped in two separate occasions. The source described the kidnapping as “well-coordinated,” adding Luak, a lawyer by profession, was picked ...



How the US global gag rule threatens health clinics across Kenya and Uganda - The Guardian

The Guardian

How the US global gag rule threatens health clinics across Kenya and Uganda
The Guardian
Each day she sets out to speak to young girls about family planning, Elizabeth Akoth, 23, sees how myths about the use of contraceptives are entrenched in her western Kenyan community. When she explains the various methods they can use to prevent ...



Interest rate spikes to push up Kenya's loan repayment to Sh12b - The Standard (press release)

The Standard (press release)

Interest rate spikes to push up Kenya's loan repayment to Sh12b
The Standard (press release)
Central Bank of Kenya's (CBK) printed financial statement shows the $750 million (Sh7.7 billion) two-year commercial loan was borrowed at eight per cent interest, including other costs. Initially, it was estimated that the loan would come at a paltry 5 ...



Fuel crisis looms in Kenya as truck drivers go on strike over night travel ban - The Standard (press release)

The Standard (press release)

Fuel crisis looms in Kenya as truck drivers go on strike over night travel ban
The Standard (press release)
Kenyans are staring at a major fuel crisis after transporters of petroleum products vowed to continue their go-slow despite intervention by the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum. Oil truckers had on Monday started the strike, protesting a directive by ...

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Kenya to Maintain Security for Barack Obama's 'Granny Sarah' - Newsweek

Newsweek

Kenya to Maintain Security for Barack Obama's 'Granny Sarah'
Newsweek
Kenyan police will continue to provide round-the-clock security for the step-grandmother of former U.S. president Barack Obama despite his exit from office, the country's government has said. Sarah Onyango Obama, who is in her 90s, is one of the wives ...
Sarah Obama to retain Government protectionThe Standard (press release)

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2m Kenyans staring at ugly face of starvation, says Agriculture CS Willy Bett - The Standard (press release)

The Standard (press release)

2m Kenyans staring at ugly face of starvation, says Agriculture CS Willy Bett
The Standard (press release)
A decision on whether to import maize will be made next week following an analysis of needs and Government food reserves. State estimates show that about 1.5 million Kenyans face starvation and this could rise to two million, Mr Bett said. ALSO READ: ...

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Kenya Moore Drags Sheree Whitfield For Suggesting That Kenya Antagonize Matt Jordan's Violence - Reality Tea

Reality Tea

Kenya Moore Drags Sheree Whitfield For Suggesting That Kenya Antagonize Matt Jordan's Violence
Reality Tea
I was wondering which Housewife was going to bring the term “alternative facts” into play first, but I just didn't think it would happen this soon. Kenya Moore went in on her mortal enemy Sheree Whitfield for the comments that she made about Kenya ...
RHOA Star Kenya Moore's Ex-Boyfriend accuses her of Cheating with “Married Men in Nigeria”Bella Naija

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We'll revenge if votes are stolen, warns Raila - Daily Nation

The Standard (press release)

We'll revenge if votes are stolen, warns Raila
Daily Nation
... his Kilifi counterpart Amason Kingi and senator Stewart Madzayo, he challenged NIS director-general Philp Kameru to respond to his claims that security agencies including the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and the police were interfering with the exercise.
Raila Odinga claims NIS registering voters from Uganda and EthiopiaThe Standard (press release)

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