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[smi80] designates this flag to be the
state ensign too (i.e. CSW/CS-)
Željko Heimer, 15 Jan 2001
National Flag and Jack.
The national flag is a black-red-green tricolor with white fimbriations and overall a Masai shield and two white spears. The shield is red with black flanks and a white disk in the middle and four white charges. The Album 2000 is the first place where I see the construction details for this flag, and it defines the ratio of three stripes as 6+1+6+1+6. I guess that there may have existed also detailed construction sheet of the central emblem too.
Source: Album 2000.
Željko Heimer, 30 Mar 2002
Flag Overall Dimensions - 3:2
Three major strips - Black , Red , and Green separated by narrow white strips. A symmetrical shield and spears superimposed centrally.
Black represents the people of Kenya.
Red represents the struggle for freedom.
Green represents Kenya's agriculture and natural resources.
White represents Unity and Peace.
The black, red and white shield symbolizes the defense of freedom.
Kenyan Flag Specifications
All Materials to conform to the appropriate B.S.S (British Standard Specifications).
All dimensions given do not necessarily represent any particular measurements and are merely proportional.
Red to be 'Post Office Red', B.S shade reference 0-006
Green to be B.S shade reference 0-010.
Source: this website.
Dov Gutterman, 27 May 2002
O n 27 August 2010 the president of Kenya ratified the new constitution of
the Republic of Kenya. The constitution was agreed by a referendum held
earlier in August. The new constitution includes a specification sheet of the
Kenyan flag, which was adopted at the time of independence. This is the
first flag specification sheet which, to the best of my knowledge, has received
I have not yet found a copy of the newly ratified Kenyan Constitution. However, there are some examples of the Draft Constitution which was issued on 06 May 2010. Article 9 and the Second Schedule deal with the national symbols of Kenya. This draft is the one that was ratified as the new Kenyan Constitution.
For a draft of the Constitution see this website.
Jos Poels, 27 August 2010
Click here for the flag construction
sheet. It is based on the link
provided by Dov Gutterman.
Željko Heimer, 28 May 2002
The COA greatly based on the black-white one provided in Corel Clipart
Željko Heimer, 30 Mar 2002
The arms were granted on October 15, 1963.
The shape of the shield and spears are those used by the Masai tribe. Harambee is the motto of the chief political party KANU (Kenya African National Union) and means "all pull together". It was used by the first President Jomo Kenyatta to try to turn 50-60 disparate tribes into one nation at independence. The chicken is the symbol of the KANU. The shield colors represent the struggle for independence - green is the earth, red is the blood of the Mau Mau warriors for independence and black the rich soils. The lions are obviously a key animal in Kenya's wildlife parks.
Info from Ralf Hartemink's website. See also: this website.
Jarig Bakker, 25 February 1999
A waving flag of the Kenya Youth Movement is shown in the upper left corner
of this page: <http://www.vijanakenya.org/about.htm>.
"The Kenya youth movement is an initiative by young Kenyans seeking to unite all the Kenyan youth under one umbrella for the sake of their social- economic
and political consciousness and prosperity."
Valentin Poposki, 31 Jan 2007