Kenya. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Kenya include Independence Day (December 12) and New Year (January 1). Kenya has long been designated as one of the world’s most corrupt countries, and much of the news flow in 2006 was about economic scandals, which include resulted in the World Bank stopping the payment of loans amounting to SEK 1.8 billion.
|Gross domestic product (GDP)||$ 163,700,000,000|
|GDP growth rate||4.90%|
|GDP per capita||3,500 USD|
|GDP by sector|
|Proportion of the population below the national poverty line||43.4%|
|Distribution of household income|
|Industrial production growth rate||6.60%|
|Investment volume||20.5% of GDP|
|National debt||54.20% of GDP|
|Foreign exchange reserves||$ 7,592,000,000|
Six former high-ranking officials were indicted in March for involvement in the “Goldenberg affair”, one of the largest corruption scandals of the 1990s, which is estimated to have cost the state approximately SEK 4.5 billion. by subsidizing bluff exports of gold. Three ministers resigned following other corruption allegations and a parliamentary inquiry recommended that corruption charges be brought against Vice President Moody Awori. The head of the central bank was prosecuted for abuse of position and at the authority responsible for the country’s nature reserve cheats were discovered with, among other things. entry fees for almost SEK 20 million. per year. The German-based think tank Transparency International, which is investigating corruption in the countries of the world, dismissed its head in Kenya after suspicions of financial irregularities.
When the government presented in July a new national anti-corruption plan, including a new fight song, it was met with limited enthusiasm.
Despite widespread corruption, the United Nations Development Program considered that general crime constitutes a greater obstacle than corruption in attracting foreign investment to Kenya. Investments in neighboring countries Tanzania and Uganda are several times greater than in Kenya.
The weak cohesion of the broad government coalition, the National Rainbow Alliance (NARC), in June led to a series of ministers and parliamentarians from the circle of President Mwai Kibaki forming a new party called NARC-Kenya. The purpose seemed to be to be able to become independent of the smaller coalition parties prior to the 2007 elections. NARC-Kenya showed significant strength by winning three of five filling choices in August.
A new law against sexual offenses adopted by Parliament in June has been criticized by women’s rights groups for not banning rape in marriage or female circumcision.
Six former members of the so-called Mau-Mau movement, which led the liberation struggle against British colonial power, demanded damages from the British state for cruel and abusive treatment in prison camps in the 1950s. Through the Kenyan judiciary, a couple of thousand Mau-Mau activists are fighting for damages.