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Colonial System Haunting Kenya

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The British, during the colonial days in Kenya set up an administrative system to keep tabs on its citizens. It served its purpose but was oppressive to the locals. This system, though set up a long time ago, has hardly evolved to reflect modern situations. Interestingly, the administrators created from the system had grown so powerful that seemingly very few people were able to avoid its abuse.


Subsequent governments have kept the administrative system, and it has been working to their advantage. From the attached links, one word that I want to define or explain that may not be apparently obvious to someone not from Kenya is harambee. This is basically fundraising, but taken to a different extreme. The other link gives a current example of how this system is being used in Kenya.

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