Kenya has an extensive transport network that spans rail, road, air and marine infrastructure. The country’s paved and unpaved roads, airports and a railway system links its ports and major cities world over Perhaps the greatest indicator of the importance of transport to national and regional development is this multifaceted grand project that spans across … Read more

From a bicameral legislative arm of government at independence and back to a two-chamber House — the National Assembly and the Senate — Parliament has gone full circle in 50 years. Return of the Bicameral Legislature The independence Constitution, negotiated between nationalists and the British government, was repealed and a new one enacted in a … Read more

From native languages to performances, Kenya has a great mix of traditional offerings. The challenge, however, lies in blending the traditional with the modern to generate a truly responsive national culture The language issue Kenya gained independence from Britain in 1963 as a nation seeking to reclaim what had been taken away by colonialism, including … Read more

The Kenyan flag, National Anthem and local currency are some of the emblems, names, and words protected in the country’s laws against improper usage The Kenyan flag The story of the making of the Kenyan flag dates back to June 1963 when Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister Tom Mboya called Prime Minister Jomo Kenyatta’s office … Read more

As early as 1963, the Government acknowledged that poverty, disease, and illiteracy were a major constraint to human development. The strategies for handling these bottlenecks are reflected in various national development plans, sessional papers, and other policy documents. The early years of independence were characterised by rapid economic growth. A high economic growth rate that … Read more

Within 50 years of independence, Kenya has stamped its position on the world map as a vibrant tourism destination. The country has made remarkable strides in the promotion of tourism, a leading source of foreign exchange. Kenya has emerged as a leading voice on the world stage in the conservation arena, through tourism, collaboration with … Read more

Kenya’s 50-year-old rich heritage in sport is etched in Olympic and Commonwealth glory across all disciplines and now, a new generation of sportsmen and women are writing a fresh chapter in this great story. Kenya has had abundant sporting success that inspires citizens across all generations. The Rugby Sevens team is world class and recognised … Read more

Once seen as an agricultural country, Kenya has promising prospects for minerals at the Coast and around Lake Victoria. The nation is also set to become a member of the enviable club of oil producing countries. MINERALS Kenya has struck oil in Turkana, coal in Mwingi and gas in Lamu. It is now set to … Read more

The more than 40 million Kenyan people represented in 42 diverse and distinctive cultural/linguistic communities remain the nation’s most precious national heritage It’s been 50 years since Kenya attained independence. On December 12, 1963, Kenyans gained full control of their internal affairs from the British Empire after a protracted guerrilla war, intense negotiation, coercion, blood … Read more

Youth unemployment continues to be the Government’s priority. The latest initiative to address this problem is the launch of the Uwezo Fund set to offer interest-free loans to enterprises set up by youth groups EMPHASIS on YOuth employment Youth unemployment continued to haunt the Government. The youth accounted for 67 per cent of the unemployed … Read more

Over the years, milestones have been witnessed in the Judiciary’s structure, transparency, composition, authority, and even functions. The 2010 Constitution takes the bulk of the credit for recent key changes in the Judiciary Under the independence Constitution, the appointment of the Chief Justice was done by the Governor-General, with the advice of the Prime Minister … Read more

Housing has been one of Kenya’s fastest growing sectors. In the past decade alone, the value of approved building plans have risen from Kshs10 billion in 2001 to Kshs190 billion in 2012. Forty per cent of the approved plans were for residential developments The country has in the past decade experienced a construction boom only … Read more

The Constitution of Kenya (2010) has taken full effect at the Executive and Legislative arms of the Government. The two have been delinked, with members of the Cabinet no longer being Members of Parliament. April 9, 2013 will remain indelibly engrained in Kenya’s political memory. It is nestled in the annals of our history as … Read more

From not a single woman in Kenya’s first Parliament in 1963 to a record 69 in the 11th bicameral House of 2013, giant steps have been taken towards realising gender equity in the country’s governance structures Without doubt, the 2010 Constitution was pivotal in bringing Kenyan women to where they now are. Article 27(8) of … Read more

The discovery of viable oil deposits in Turkana, coal deposits in Kitui and gas …. has increased future prospects of cheaper energy to drive industrial growth and create jobs. The discovery of oil in Turkana in March, 2012, fits in the new plan that is part of Vision 2030. The oil well at Ngamia-1 (block … Read more

The education system has in the past 50 years registered monumental strides. Successive governments have listed education high in their agenda and committed resources to achieve their set goals The national government’s expenditure on education has continued to grow from K£8.4 million in the 1962/62 financial year, which was 14 per cent of the total … Read more

Kenya’s admirable regional economic status has much to do with the comparatively prudent political and economic policies practiced by the government since Independence despite the tumultuous international events The colonial period, with all its negativities, helped catapult Kenya ahead of the region. Key events that helped shape the economy in the 1960s can be traced … Read more

This is the pillar of the Constitution and seeks to bring government closer to the people, with county governments at the centre of dispersing political power and economic resources to Kenyans at the grassroots Devolution takes root After years of sustained demands for the reinstatement of regional governments, devolution has taken root in the country, … Read more

Kenya boasts about 15,000 registered cooperatives with 12 million members. There are more than 320,000 employees and a further 1.5 million people engaged in small scale and informal enterprise funded by cooperative loans.  About 10 years after Kenya attained independence from Britain, the cooperative movement emerged as a dominant player in the economy. The movement … Read more

Agriculture has since independence in 1963 expanded with widespread acceptance of private ownership (replacing communal ownership) and cash crop farming; and intensive nationwide efforts to expand and upgrade the production of smallholder farming.  Although less than eight per cent of Kenya’s land is under cultivation, agriculture is the country’s most important economic activity. With most … Read more