Kenya Celebrates 60 Years of Independence


Kenya’s path to independence was marked by a series of political developments and struggles. The Mau Mau Uprising, an armed anti-colonial movement primarily driven by the Kikuyu ethnic group, played a significant role in pushing for self-rule. The British responded with force, leading to a protracted conflict.

The Lancaster House Conference in London, held in 1960-1962, was instrumental in shaping Kenya’s independence. It set the stage for a new constitution and paved the way for multiparty elections. Jomo Kenyatta, a prominent leader and key figure in the independence movement, led the Kenya African National Union (KANU) to victory in the 1963 elections.

On December 12, 1963, Kenya officially gained independence, and Jomo Kenyatta became the country’s Prime Minister. In 1964, Kenya became a republic, with Kenyatta as its first President. The struggle for independence left a lasting impact on Kenya’s history and is commemorated annually on Jamhuri Day, which marks the country’s independence day.

Sixty years on, not only is the country celebrating its rich history but significance of its progress. Like most African countries, the East African country although still struggling with development, remains a symbol of resilience.

Happy Independence Kenya!

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