Kenya: Uhuru to Jamhuri* with Concern

Independence celebrations are as common in Africa as bananas, but last week Kenya outdid itself with its second in a year. For all practical purposes, the former British colony gained independence last year, but to facilitate administrative changeovers, Britain retained symbolic sovereignty by making Kenya a dominion. Last week saw the progression from mere uhuru (freedom) to jamhuri (republic). Though Kenya remains a member of the Commonwealth, Jomo Kenyatta, who had been Prime Minister, duly changed his title to President, replacing Queen Elizabeth as head of state.

At Nairobi Airport, the last British...

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