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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Deadly blast targets police near Kenya-Somalia border - Aljazeera.com

Aljazeera.com

Deadly blast targets police near Kenya-Somalia border
Aljazeera.com
At least four children and four policemen have been killed in a roadside explosion in southeastern Kenya, near the border with Somalia, according to police. Noah Mwivanda, a senior police officer in Lamu County, said Tuesday's blast happened between ...
Road Bomb in Kenya's Lamu County Kills 8, Including 4 KidsU.S. News & World Report
Landmine kills eight in northeast Kenya policeEyewitness News
Bomb blast kills eight on Kenya-Somalia borderDaily Mail
Voice of America
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Kenya records five million new voters for August polls - New Vision

New Vision

Kenya records five million new voters for August polls
New Vision
Kenya's election commission announced Tuesday that there would be five million new voters taking part in August polls, raising the stakes for incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta and his longtime rival Raila Odinga. After the first-ever audit of the voter's ...
Kenya's electoral body registers 19.6 mln voters for August pollsXinhua

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A Chinese-built bridge collapsed in Kenya two weeks after it was inspected by the president - Quartz

Quartz

A Chinese-built bridge collapsed in Kenya two weeks after it was inspected by the president
Quartz
A $10 million Chinese-built bridge in western Kenya, personally commissioned by president Uhuru Kenyatta, has collapsed. At least 27 workers were injured when the bridge broke on Monday (June 26). The government has halted construction and sent a ...
Sigiri Bridge, Jubilee flagship project collapsesThe Standard

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NASA's big plans for Kenya after poll - The Standard

The Standard

NASA's big plans for Kenya after poll
The Standard
The National Super Alliance (NASA) is promising to address gaps in housing, transport and sports should it win the August 8 elections. In its manifesto titled 'A Strong Nation,' the Raila Odinga-led alliance says that it wants to kick-start Kenya's ...
Raila pledge on jobs, food, corruption and securityThe Star, Kenya
Nasa manifesto: Raila's five-year plan for KenyaNairobi News (satire) (press release) (blog)

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Does Kenya needs more than one bulk grain handler? - Daily Nation

Daily Nation

Does Kenya needs more than one bulk grain handler?
Daily Nation
This causes a few hiccups in the bulk handling of wheat imports and raises the question as to whether Kenya needs more than one bulk grain handler. The food situation presents us with major short-term logistical, social and financial demands and longer ...



Kenya hopes Israeli tree tech takes root in remote deserts - The Times of Israel

The Times of Israel

Kenya hopes Israeli tree tech takes root in remote deserts
The Times of Israel
David Ben Gurion's dream of filling Israel's barren hills with trees will soon extend to the remote deserts of Kenya, after Kenyan government officials and Keren Keyemet L'Yisrael/Jewish National Fund signed a memorandum of understanding on Tuesday to ...



Kenyan diplomat visits Aberdeen to boost business links - Press and Journal

Kenyan diplomat visits Aberdeen to boost business links
Press and Journal
The north-east got a taste of east Africa yesterday with a special visit from the Kenyan High Commissioner to the UK. His excellency Lazarus Amayo made the trip north from London to boost business links between Aberdeen and Kenya. A high profile ...



EU deploys long-term Election Observer Mission to Kenya - Capital FM Kenya (press release) (blog)

Capital FM Kenya (press release) (blog)

EU deploys long-term Election Observer Mission to Kenya
Capital FM Kenya (press release) (blog)
By LABAN WANAMBISI, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 27 A team of 30 long-term election observers from the European Union (EU) was deployed to various parts of the country Tuesday to monitor the August 8 General Election. Speaking during the ceremonial ...
Only highest standards of election observation will doThe Star, Kenya

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Kenya: Unicef - Nurses' Strike Will Fuel More Casualties in Outbreaks - AllAfrica.com

AllAfrica.com

Kenya: Unicef - Nurses' Strike Will Fuel More Casualties in Outbreaks
AllAfrica.com
The United Nations Children's Fund has raised the alarm that the nurses' strike, now in its 23rd day, will fuel more casualties in the disease outbreaks being reported in several parts of Kenya. The UN agency wrote that the strike has impeded response.

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SA's Polo sues Kenya firm over trademark - Business Daily (press release) (blog)

Business Daily (press release) (blog)

SA's Polo sues Kenya firm over trademark
Business Daily (press release) (blog)
SA's Polo sues Kenya firm over trademark. Tuesday, June 27, 2017 20:42. By BRIAN WASUNA. Wardrobe Collections had applied to register its Classic Polo as a trademark, before LA Group opposed the move at the Registrar of Trademarks. FILE PHOTO | ...