Country profileKenya

(The cradle of humanity)

Kenya gained independence from Britain in 1963 after which politics was dominated mainly by the charismatic Jomo Kenyatta. He was succeeded in 1978 by Daniel Arap Moi, who remained in power for 24 years. The population is 45,925,301. Kenya is situated on the equator on Africa’s east coast. The country is one of Africa’s major safari destinations with scenic beauty and abundant wildlife. However, some pressing challenges Kenya is facing include high unemployment, crime and poverty


President: Republic – President Uhuru Kenyatta

Capital: Nairobi

Official Language: English & Kishwahili

Population: 44.86 million, 2014 (World Bank)

National Anthem: Ee Mungu Nguvu Yetu (O God, of all creation)

Media and Freedom Of expression Landscape

Section 61 of the Law amends the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and expands restrictions to freedom of expression when it comes to the advocacy, promotion, advice and facilitation of terrorism. This felony is punishable by a term not more than 20 years.

In 2012, the Kenyan media continued to sentient their traditional reputation for pulsating and critical reporting, notwithstanding cases of coercions and intimidation outside the capital, Nairobi. click here for more information about freedom of expression issues in  Kenya.

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