The Kenya Project: Who and What

Obviously, this isn't an exhaustive list, but I just wanted to start a modest information page listing the players and the rules of the game. As I update the page, I will notify readers via the main blog. The bottom half contains the information I collected during the Kenya Civil Conflict of 2008.

1.                       The Kenya Project 2016

a.  African Union

                       i.      Vision and Mission (exerpt)
The vision of the African  Union is that of: “An integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa,  driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in  global arena.”

This vision of a new,  forwardlooking, dynamic and integrated Africa will be fully realized through  relentless struggle on several fronts and as a long-term endeavour. The African  Union has shifted focus from supporting  liberation movements in the erstwhile African territories under colonialism and  apartheid, as envisaged by the OAU since 1963 and the Constitutive Act, to an organization spear-heading Africa’s development and integration.

b.     Member States

c.      African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) 

                           i.      Mandate (excerpt)
1.     Support dialogue & reconciliation in Somalia, working with all stakeholders.
2.     Provide protection to Transitional Federal Institutions (TFIs) & key infrastructure to enable them carry out their functions.
3.     Assist in the implementation of the National Security Stabilization Programme (NSSP).
4.     Provide technical assistance & other support to the disarmament and stabilization efforts.
5.     Monitor the security situation in areas of operation.
6.     Facilitate humanitarian operations including repatriation of refugees and Internaly Displaced Persons (IDPs)
7.     Protect AMISOM personnel, installations and equipment, including self defence

d.     Al-Shabaab

e.      Operation Linda Nichi

f.       Personalities

                           i.      President of Kenya: Uhuru Kenyatta
                           ii.      Vice President of Kenya: William Ruto (The office of Prime Minister was abolished in 2010.)
                           iii.      President of Somalia: Hassan Sheikh Mohammud
                           iv.      Prime Minister of Somalia: Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed
                           v.      AMISOM commander: Lt. Gen. Silas Ntigurirwa of Burundi

2.     Kenya Conflict 2008: Kenya The Basics

a.      Tribes

b.     Place Names

                          i.      Nairobi
                          ii.      Kibera
1.     BBC series on Kibera
2.     Kibera 2005
                          iii.      Rift Valley (both the name of a Kenyan Province and Natural phenomenon)
                          iv.      Eldoret –site of church burning
1.     Eldoret residents not ready to celebrate the resolution to Kenya's crisis
                          v.      Kisumu

c.      Political Parties

                           i.      Orange Democratic Movement (ODM)
                           ii.      Orange Democratic Movement-Kenya (ODM-Kenya)
                           iii.      Party of National Unity (PNU)
                           iv.      Kenya African National Union (KANU)

d.     Other Groups

                           i.      Mau-Mau
                           ii.      GEMA: Gikuyu, Embu, and Meru Association (Gikuyu=Kikuyu)
                           iii.      Mungiki
                           iv.      National Muslim Leaders Forum (NAMLEF)
e.      Personalities

                           i.      Jomo Kenyatta (first prime minister and first president of Kenya; the position of PM was abolished in 1964 and reinstated in 2008)
                           ii.      Daniel arap Moi (second president of Kenya)
                           iii.      Mwai Kibaki (third president of Kenya; head of PNU; candidate in December 2007 election)
                           iv.      Raila Odinga (second prime minister of Kenya; head of ODM; candidate in December 2007 election)
                           v.      (Stephen) Kalonzo Musyoka (head of ODM-Kenya; tenth vice president of Kenya; candidate in December 2007 election)
                           vi.      Jaramogi Oginga Odinga (first vice president of Kenya; father of Raila Odinga)
                           vii.      Tom Mboya
                           viii.      The Tom Mboya Airlift and the Kennedy Airlift

b.     Social/Political Information

                          i.      “Religions in Kenya-- Protestant 45%, Roman Catholic 33%, Muslim 10%, indigenous beliefs 10%, other 2% note: a large majority of Kenyans are Christian, but estimates for the percentage of the population that adheres to Islam or indigenous beliefs vary widely.”
                          ii.      Languages in Kenya—the official languages are Swahili and English; however, many others are spoken.
                          iii.      Republic of Kenya. Jamhuriya Ya Kenya. 32,021,856. National or official languages: Swahili, English. Literacy rate: 45% (1987 official government figure). Also includes Hadrami Spoken Arabic (10,000), Hindi, Ta'izzi-Adeni Spoken Arabic (10,000). Information mainly from W. Whiteley 1969, 1974; Heine and Möhlig 1980; J. Bendor-Samuel 1989; BTL 1983–1999. Blind population: 70,000. Deaf institutions: 25. The number of languages listed for Kenya is 61. Of those, all are living languages.

                         iv.      Kenya Constitution—Bomas Draft
                         v.      Older version
                          ix.      Raila Odinga’s Memo of Understanding with Kenyan Muslims (gathered by, commentary and questions by Eric Scheie)

2.     Is the agreement authentic? I wish I had the answers. It's widely linked, but something just looks funny about the agreement, and while I'm not planning to write a post, I thought I should at least share what I found. There's a lot of debate:
a.      Another version
b.     Same as the second
c.      Muslims deny it.

3.     Nzimbi was asked by the Anglican Church to stop circulating it.

4.     More here:

                           vi.      CIA Factbook

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