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About Jamhuri Day
One of the most important national holidays in Kenya, observed on December 12 is Jamhuri Day. The holiday formally marks the date of the country’s admittance in 1964 into the Commonwealth as a republic and takes its name from the Swahili word jamhuri (“republic”); December 12 is also the date when Kenya obtained its independence from Great Britain in 1963. Since 19th century Kenya is under British rule. Until 1944 the African demands for political process were opposed by the Colonial administration. At this time Movement against colonial rule grew, hence the country was plunged into a state of emergency. After gained some social and economic concession, Kenya gained Independence on Dec 12, 1963. Kenya became a republic, with its president Jomo Kenyatta. Hence this day named as “Jamhuri Day”, celebrates Kenyan with political speeches, parades and dancing.
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