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Kenya

Background

Kenya

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 is a country in Eastern Africa. Its Indian Ocean coast lies between Somalia to the north east and Tanzania to the south. Its other surrounding countries are Ethiopia and Sudan to the north and Uganda to the west.

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KenyaThe Sarova Stanley 

Corner of Kenyatta Ave. and Kimathi St.
Nairobi 00100
Kenya

Price (US$): $361 - $475 / night

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Location. Located in central Nairobi, The Sarova Stanley is connected to the airport and within walking distance of City Market, City Hall, and National Archives. Other points of interest near this luxury hotel include City Square and Kenyatta International Conference Centre. Hotel Features. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a health club, a sauna, and a steam room. Spa amenities include spa services, facials, body treatments, and beauty services. This 5 star property has a… more »

KenyaLion in the Sun Hotel 

Marine Park Road,
Coast
Malindi 80200
Kenya

Price (US$): $451 - $668 / night

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Location. Lion in the Sun Hotel is located near the beach in Malindi and local attractions include Malindi Beach. Regional points of interest also include Watamu Beach and Ruins of Gedi. Resort Features. Lion in the Sun Hotel's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 2 bars/lounges, a beach bar, and a poolside bar are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The resort serves buffet breakfasts each morning in the restaurant (surcharges apply). Recreational amenities… more »

KenyaFairmont Mount Kenya Safari 

P.O. Box 35
Mount Kenya
Nanyuki 10400
Kenya

Price (US$): $292 - $683 / night

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Location. Located in Nanyuki, Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari is near the airport and in the mountains. Hotel Features. Recreational amenities include a golf course. Also located on site are an outdoor pool and a sauna. Spa amenities include massage/treatment rooms and a hair salon. This 5 star property has a 24 hour business center and offers small meeting rooms and limo/town car service. Wireless and wired high speed Internet access is available in public areas (surcharges apply). This Nanyuki… more »

KenyaThe Boma Nairobi 

South C, Red Cross Road
Off Popo Rd, Off Mombasa Rd
Nairobi
Kenya

Price (US$): $220 - $346 / night

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Location. Located in Nairobi, The Boma Nairobi is near the airport and close to Nyayo National Stadium, Parliament Building, and National Assembly Building. Nearby points of interest also include Strathmore University and Nairobi City Stadium. Hotel Features. Dining options at The Boma Nairobi include a coffee shop/café and a snack bar/deli. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves a complimentary buffet breakfast each… more »

KenyaInterContinental Nairobi 

City Hall Way
P O Box 30353
Nairobi
Kenya

Price (US$): $212 - $665 / night

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Location. Located in central Nairobi, InterContinental Nairobi is a business friendly hotel within walking distance of Kenyatta Mausoleum, National Assembly Building, and Parliament Building. Additional points of interest include City Hall and City Square. Hotel Features. Dining options at InterContinental Nairobi include 6 restaurants. 2 bars/lounges and a poolside bar are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves full breakfasts each morning in the… more »

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Kenya

Full name
Republic of Kenya
Capital
Nairobi
Location

Eastern Africa, bordering the Indian Ocean, between Somalia and Tanzania

Geographic coordinates

1 00 N, 38 00 E

Area comparative

slightly more than twice the size of Nevada

Border countries

Ethiopia 861 km, Somalia 682 km, Sudan 232 km, Tanzania 769 km, Uganda 933 km

Coastline

536 km

Climate

varies from tropical along coast to arid in interior

Terrain

low plains rise to central highlands bisected by Great Rift Valley; fertile plateau in west

Lowest point

Indian Ocean 0 m

Highest point

Mount Kenya 5,199 m

Natural resources

limestone, soda ash, salt, gemstones, fluorspar, zinc, diatomite, gypsum, wildlife, hydropower

Population

40,046,566

Ethnic groups

Kikuyu 22%, Luhya 14%, Luo 13%, Kalenjin 12%, Kamba 11%, Kisii 6%, Meru 6%, other African 15%, non-African (Asian, European, and Arab) 1%

Religions

Protestant 45%, Roman Catholic 33%, Muslim 10%, indigenous beliefs 10%, other 2%

Languages

English (official), Kiswahili (official), numerous indigenous languages

Government type

republic

Independence

12 December 1963 (from the UK)

National holiday

Independence Day, 12 December (1963)

Chief of state

President Mwai KIBAKI (since 30 December 2002); Vice President Stephen Kalonzo MUSYOKA (since 10 January 2008);

Head of government

President Mwai KIBAKI (since 30 December 2002); Vice President Stephen Kalonzo MUSYOKA (since 10 January 2008); note - the roles of the president and prime minister are not well defined at this juncture; constitutionally, the president remains chief of state and head of government, but the prime minister is charged with coordinating government business

Internet country code

.ke

Internet users

3.996 million (2009)

Airports

191 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Kisumu, Mombasa

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