Religion In Kenya Essay

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Politically, the country is a presidential representative democratic republic, whereby the president is both the head of state and head of government. It is a multi-party system. There are two levels of government: national government and regional governments also called counties, with elections for every five years (Kenya Constitution 2010). It is worth noting that ethnic violence was an important component of Kenya’s general elections from 1992 to 2017. However, because of the aggressive nature of the competition for offices such as the presidency, in 2007 it was worse because 1,100 died and 650,000 people were displaced in the aftermath of the botched elections fought along ethnic fault lines (Jacqueline et al.2010 &Steadman 2007). In 2013…show more content…
The vast majority of Kenyans are Christians, and the Anglican and Roman Catholic Churches are the most established Christian denominations. Other well established African religions and denominations include the African Inland Church (AIC), Seventh Day Adventists (SDA), and the Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA). In addition, there are a number of Evangelical churches and Independent African Christian churches. Islam is another major religion in Kenya. Followers include both Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims. The largest number of Muslims in Kenya is found in Mombasa and the neighboring coastal regions, as well as the Northeastern regions. Nairobi also has numerous mosques and a notable Muslim following. Many of the traditional African religions are no longer widely practiced. Some of the denominations considered to be indigenous religions combine aspects of Christianity with traditional religious beliefs. One of these denominations is Dini ya Msambwa, found mostly in Kenya's Western province. The few Kenyans who adhere to Hinduism and Sikhism are mostly Indians. They reside in most major towns and cities across Kenya (Kenyan Constitution 2010). Religion is a factor causing ethnic conflicts in some countries like Nigeria (The Muslim North; Boko Haram and the Christian South), middle Asia and other countries. In Kenya, it is not the main cause; different religions have always lived in harmony, but of late, there has been a threat from terrorists from Somalia, believed to be supported by Islamic

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