Kenya. A long-standing disagreement over a new
constitution deepened in March, when the government resigned
from the national conference where the constitution was
debated. According to
CountryAAH, the total population in Kenya is 53,771,307 people in 2020.
The resignation took place in protest of a draft
constitution under which the president's power should be cut
and partially transferred to a new post as prime minister.
In June, President Mwai Kibaki conducted a government
reform, in which some of those who criticized his opposition
to the new constitution were given less attractive posts. In
return, Kibaki took several representatives of the former
KANU government party into the government.
After praising the new government's fight against
corruption for more than a year, the major donors in July
expressed strong concern that the corruption was once again
rooted in the country's top management. The EU decided to
withhold promised aid. The US and Japan threatened to do the
The British ambassador caused great disarray when he
claimed that during his 19 months, the Kibaki government
squandered more government resources than Daniel arap Moi's
regime did in 24 years. Since Kibaki appointed a new
commission to fight corruption, the International Monetary
Fund (IMF) agreed in September to release $ 35 million of a
previously promised loan of just over $ 250 million that
should have been paid off in May.
In August, a hundred-year contract expired as the British
colonial power signed with the mass group of massagers to
lease almost 1 million hectares of land. When the government
rejected the massagers' demand to get their land back, riots
erupted in several places and seventy people were arrested.
A shepherd who drove his animals into private land, which
once belonged to his family, was shot dead by police.