The History of Modern Kenya

By cwren16
  • Independence

    Kenya gained independence from Great Britain. Jomo Kenyetta became the Prime Minister.
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    Selected events form Kenya's modern history.
  • Daniel Moi became President

    Daniel Moi became  President
    Jomo Kenyatta died in office and was succeeded by his Vice President, Daniel arap Moi.
  • Tribal Conflict

    Tribal Conflict
    In a tribal conflict in the western part of the country, an estimated 2,000 people were killed.
  • Elections

    Political elections for president were held. Mwai Kibaki won a landslide victory over Daniel arap Moi who had been president for the past 24 years.
  • Food Crisis

    Food Crisis
    A food crisis caused by crop failure and drought affected many rural Kenyans, who started to receive some aid from the UN. President Mwai Kibaki called it a natural disaster.
  • Wangari Maathai

    Wangari Maathai
    Kenyan ecologist Wangri Maathai won the Noble Peace Prize for 2004.
  • Corruption

    Corruption became the focus of politics when some of Kenya's many corruption issues were revealed.
  • Another Food Crisis

    Another Food Crisis
    The government announced that 4 million people were in need of food due to a drought.
  • Chinese Intrests in Kenya

    Chinese Intrests in Kenya
    The President of China, Hu Jintao, visited Kenya and signed a contract allowing China to prospect for oil off the coast of Kenya.
  • Politiical Violence

    Politiical Violence
    Disagreement concerning the political elections led to violence and the deaths of more than 1,500 people.
  • More Corruption

    More Corruption
    The Kenyan anti-corruption commission accused seven Members of Parliment of taking $250,000.
  • Clinton's Criticism

    Clinton's Criticism
    The US Secratary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, criticized Kenya's government for not investigating the deadly violence that occurred after the 2007 elections.
  • Yet Another Food Crisis

    Yet Another Food Crisis
    Kenya says that 10 million people, or one third of the population, was in need of food aid. The military was moblized to help the hardest hit areas.
  • New constitution

    New constitution
    Mwai Kibaki signed a new constituion into law. It was designed to limit presidential powers, and gave more power to local areas.
  • The Truth Comes Out

    The Truth Comes Out
    The Truth Commission began to investigate the killing of 3,000 ethnic Somalis at Wagalla Airstrip during a crackdown on ethnic Somalis during 1984. This was a lesser known, dark part of Kenya's history.
  • Drought

    East Africa was hit by the worst drought in 60 years, devastating Kenyan crops and livestock.