Kenya Overview

A look at Kenya vs. Canada

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Kenya Canada
Official name: Republic of Kenya Canada
Capital: Nairobi Ottawa
Area (Thousands of km2): 580 9,985
Population (millions): 37.5 (2007) 33.1 (2007)
Population density (perkm2): 65 (2007) 3 (2007)
Urban population (%-2007): 21 81
Gross national income (GNI)(percapita): US$580 (2006) US$36,170 (2006)
GNI purchasing power parity (PPP)(percapita): US$1,300 (2006) US$34,610 (2006)
Structure ofGDP(%-2006):
· (a)Agriculture· (b) Industry· (c) Services (a)28
(b)17
(c)55
2
31
67
Ecological footprint (global hectares per person-2003): 0.8 7.6
Human development index (HDI) ranking: 148th of 177 countries (2005) 4th (2005)
Gender-related development index (GDI) ranking: 127th of 157 countries (2005) 4th (2005)
Life expectancy at birth: 52 (1970), 53 (2006) 73 (1970), 80 (2006)
Mortality rate under 5 years old
(per 1,000):
156 (1970), 121 (2006) 23 (1970), 6 (2006)
Adult literacy rate (% 1995-2004):
· (a)Total· (b)Men· (c)Women
(a)74
(b)78
(c)70
99
99
99
Population using improved drinking water sources (%-2004):
·(a)Total·(b)Urban·(c)Rural
(a)61
(b)83
(c)46
100
100
99

For information on Canada’s involvement in Kenya visit  the Canadian International Development Agency website HERE

 

May 8, 2013

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, facing trial in The Hague for crimes against humanity, arrived in London on May 6 to take part in a conference on Somalia. Rights activists are planning to demonstrate against his visit.

London was the first destination for President Uhuru Kenyatta outside Africa. He arrived at London’s Heathrow Airport, where he was welcomed by British officials and staff from the Kenyan High Commission. He was accompanied by his wife Margaret Kenyatta, Kenya’s attorney general Githu Muigai and other senior government officials. Uhuru and his entourage are in the UK for a three-day visit.

Kenyatta is facing a trial at the Hague based International Criminal Court. He is accused of crimes against humanity related to post-election violence in 2007-08. He is to go on trial in July 9.

London, like the rest of the European Union and other Western powers, has a policy of only “essential contact” with anyone charged by the International Criminal Court.

Uhuru’s agenda

Sani Dauda, DW correspondent in London, said Kenyatta is expected to meet with British Prime Minister David Cameron on the sidelines of Tuesday’s Somalia conference.

The Prime Minister’s office would not confirm whether David Cameron would hold bilateral talks with Kenyatta. “The prime minister will have discussions with a number of leaders at the conference.

We’re not discussing whether there will be bilateral or not,” a Downing Street spokesman told the French news agency AFP. “We therefore welcome the decision of the Kenyan government and President Kenyatta to attend this conference,” the British government official added.

Kenya is a vital partner on Somalia. It is hosting more refugees from the troubled Horn of Africa nation than any other country. It has also provided nearly 5,000 troops to the AU peace-keeping mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

Controversial visit

Uhuru Kenyatta who was recently sworn in as Kenya’s fourth President, has been invited to take part in Tuesday’s international conference on Somalia by the British and Somali governments. However his visit is already stirring controversy.

“There are all indications that there will be some demonstrations or protests will be staged outside Lancaster house,” Sani Dauda told DW in a telephone interview.

The protests are being organized by Human Rights activists. Dauda noted that most Kenyans in London turned to social media to lend their support to President Kenyatta’s visit. However, there were those who felt his presence at the London conference, would be a betrayal to the efforts of routing impunity and corruption which have plagued the African continent.

Kenya’s leadership on trial

Meanwhile the ICC on Monday postponed the trial of Kenyatta’s deputy William Ruto. The court said it would schedule a new date for Ruto’s trial after hearings on May 7 and May 14. In the hearings, the court will discuss the prosecution’s request to add five witnesses and the defense’s request to postpone the trial.

Ruto was due to face the Hague-based court on May 28 over accusations he helped orchestrate tribal violence that claimed more than 1,000 people after the disputed elections in 2007.  HIIRAAN ONLINE NEWS

March 8, 2013

Kenya’s election commission announced early Saturday that Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta prevailed in the country’s presidential elections by the slimmest of margins, winning 50.03 per cent of the vote.

That result is likely to bring controversy in Kenya and an almost certain legal challenge from Prime Minister Raila Odinga. Kenyatta needed to break the 50 per cent barrier to avoid a run-off with Odinga, but he did so by only 4,099 votes out of more than 12.3 million cast.

Monday’s vote was the first since Kenya’s 2007 election sparked two months of tribe-on-tribe violence after a disputed election win was claimed by President Mwai Kibaki. More than 1,000 people were killed in attacks that included machetes, bows and arrows and police firearms.

A win by Kenyatta could greatly affect Kenya’s relations with the West. Kenyatta faces charges at the International Criminal Court for his alleged role in directing some of Kenya’s 2007 post-election violence. His running mate, William Ruto, faces similar charges.

The U.S. has warned of “consequences” if Kenyatta, the son of Kenya’s founding father, wins, as have several European countries. Britain, which ruled Kenya up until the early 1960s, has said they would have only essential contact with the Kenyan government if Kenyatta is president.

Odinga’s camp has indicated legal challenges could be filed. Monday’s presidential vote proceeded mostly peacefully, but the counting process has been stymied by a myriad of break-downs and errors.

That the winner was quietly revealed overnight — at about 2:35 a.m. local time — came as somewhat of a surprise. Around midnight the electoral commission said it would give a formal announcement of the winner at 11 a.m. Kenya time Saturday. There was a belief among observers that the decision was made in part not to make a night-time announcement that could stir suspicions and put security forces at a disadvantage if rioting broke out.

Diplomats said they believed Odinga was not likely to protest the vote in a manner that would increase the chances of violence, but rather honor his pledge to respect the result and petition the courts with any grievances. Odinga scheduled a news conference for later Saturday morning.

The Kenyan capital has been sleepy since Monday’s vote for president, the country’s first election since its 2007 vote sparked tribe-on-tribe violence that killed more than 1,000 people. But security forces in riot gear took to the streets Friday in regions of the city that could turn tumultuous after results are announced.

The prime minister’s supporters took to the streets in 2007 after Odinga said he had been cheated. In Kibera, Nairobi’s largest slum and a bastion of Odinga support, many believe this year’s results have been rigged as well.

“If you look at the way the tallying is being done there is rigging,” said Isiah Omondi, 27. “If Uhuru wins and wins fairly, we don’t have a problem with him. He can be our president. But not like this. CBC News

November 5, 2009

The United States is leading other developed countries in pressuring Kenya to prosecute politicians and other significant figures who were involved in the 2008 post election violence.  So far the United States has banned more then 15 Kenyan government officials from traveling to the United States.  A local tribunal for the post election violence is what is requested, but due to how slow the Kenyan government is to address this crucial issue, it may be necessary to have an international tribunal.  Without anything accomplished before the 2012 elections it is the fear that another major public uproar will break out.  So should this stop people from donating to education in Kenya?  No, it is the contrary.   Its time to put higher education in the hands of the people who can help create equality and sustainability.

April 17, 2008

Kenya has formed a new government, after an enormous amount of protest and peace talks led by former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan.  With an event such as this never before taking place in Kenya’s history, the new government will consist of opposition leader Raila Odinga as Prime Minister.  Odinga comes from the party Orange Democratic Movement.  There has been a number of  new government positions created in this power sharing deal.  A new Deputy Prime Minsiter of note is Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta (The son of Kenya’s founding president Jomo Kenyatta).  Uhuru comes from the party KANU, which ruled for 40 years.  He has been moving back and fourth from supporting current president Mwai Kibaki.

There has been talk that it will be very difficult for a complex government such as this to make things happen.  The tourism industry (a very large industry in Kenya) has claimed that the new power sharing deal will allow tourism in Kenya to recover after the recent political turmoil.     Kenya: Peace Pact Gives Hope to Tourism

For current information and to follow the whole event, look at this site:  http://allafrica.com/kenya/

I believe that it is very important to not let this current event persuade one from donating to a cause such as Education is Power.  That would only make situations harder in a country that is already going through hard times.

For more specific details on the country you can visit The U.S. State Department’s note on Kenya

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/2962.htm

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