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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Kenya: Police officers killed in al-Shabab bomb attack - Aljazeera.com

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Kenya: Police officers killed in al-Shabab bomb attack
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At least three Kenyan police officers have been killed when their vehicle hit a landmine near the country's eastern border with Somalia, according to a senior official. The officers were part of a three-vehicle early morning patrol heading to the ...
3 police officers killed, 2 injured by bomb blast in KenyaTimes Colonist
Three Kenyan Police Killed in Landmine Attack Claimed by Al ShabaabU.S. News & World Report
Three police officers killed in northern Kenya bomb attackIndependent
Irish Independent -AllAfrica.com
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Kenya: US Congress Panel Demands Documents On Kenya Arms Deal - AllAfrica.com

Kenya: US Congress Panel Demands Documents On Kenya Arms Deal
AllAfrica.com
A US Congress investigative committee has demanded it be provided with key documents related to the proposed Sh43 billion sale to Kenya of armed border-patrol aircraft intended for use against Al-Shabaab in Somalia. The US Air Force, which arranged ...

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Kenya shows renewables scope to plug Africa's power supply gaps - Financial Times

Financial Times

Kenya shows renewables scope to plug Africa's power supply gaps
Financial Times
Most visitors to Hell's Gate national park, 75km north-west of the Kenyan capital Nairobi, go there to see the wildlife and rock formations. But they usually leave ...

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Kenya's Struggling Uber Drivers Fear a New Competitor: Uber - New York Times

New York Times

Kenya's Struggling Uber Drivers Fear a New Competitor: Uber
New York Times
NAIROBI, Kenya James Njoroge, an Uber driver in Nairobi, earns barely $5 at the end of a grueling 10-hour workday ferrying customers through snarled traffic across the Kenyan capital. Now a new competitor is in town, threatening to undercut even ...



Election Season Offers a Reminder That Kenya Remains Deeply ... - The Wire

The Wire

Election Season Offers a Reminder That Kenya Remains Deeply ...
The Wire
Starting with just two women in parliament in 1969 to advancing to 88 in 2013 might seem like progress, but the ground realities are far from that.
Election season offers a reminder that Kenya remains deeply sexist ...News24

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Uhuru lays foundation for Africa's tallest building in Nairobi - The Standard

The Standard

Uhuru lays foundation for Africa's tallest building in Nairobi
The Standard
NAIROBI, KENYA: The tourism sector on Tuesday got a major boost as President Uhuru Kenyatta opened two international hotels and laid the foundation stone for the tallest building in Africa. The Nairobi hotels which were officially opened by the ...

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Kenya: Drought Response Situation Report No. 2, 23 May 2017 ... - Reliefweb

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Kenya: Drought Response Situation Report No. 2, 23 May 2017 ...
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Highlights - The nutrition situation remains of concern across Kenya's northern pastoralist and southeastern marginal agricultural areas. Surveys conducted in ...

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Gado, political cartoonist and satirist of Kenya's president - Financial Times

Financial Times

Gado, political cartoonist and satirist of Kenya's president
Financial Times
Better known by his pen name of Gado, Mwampembwa is Kenya's most famous political cartoonist and his neighbour who lives just down the road in State House is President Uhuru Kenyatta. Last year, Gado, whose drawings generally put the president ...



Crisis looms as thousands of public servants set to retire - The Standard

The Standard

Crisis looms as thousands of public servants set to retire
The Standard
"At least 35 per cent of staff will be leaving the service in the next five years," reads the policy document, officially launched by Public Service Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki at the Kenya School of Government in Nairobi. "The most affected are ...

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ANALYSIS: How Burundi chaos is haunting Kenya's trade ambitions - Daily Nation

Daily Nation

ANALYSIS: How Burundi chaos is haunting Kenya's trade ambitions
Daily Nation
Kenya's hopes of having neighbours sign the much-needed economic partnership agreement with the European Union now depend on how soon the bloc will lift sanctions on Burundi. At a recent Heads of State Summit in Dar es Salaam, the East African ...

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