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On Dec. 12, 1963, Kenya, achieved her full independence and Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, a nationalist leader during the fight to win independence from the British colonial powers, became the first president.

A few days later, on 16 December 1963, Kenya became a member of the United Nations. 

One year later on 12 December 1964, the Republic of Kenya was proclaimed.

In the fifty years since independence, Kenyan leaders have represented the country at the United Nations and given remarkable speeches in both the General Assembly and the Security Council, as well as in committees and commissions.

“Kenya’s Voice at the United Nations- 50 Years” was recently presented to the Kenya Mission by the Dag Hammarskjöld Library team. Their site repackages all speeches given by the Presidents, Vice Presid

ents, the Prime Ministers and  Foreign Affairs Ministers at the United Nations  General Assembly.  Selected speeches delivered at the Security Council are included. Here are but a few highlights.






Born Kamau wa Ngengi (≈1894 –22 August 1978), Jomo Kenyatta was Kenya's first president. First serving as Prime Minister (1963–64), he was in office from 1964 to August 1978.
















Daniel Toroitich arap-Moi (born 1924-) was the Second President of the Republic of Kenya, from 1978- 2002. He also served as the Vice-President under Jomo Kenyatta, from 1967 to 1978.



















Mwai Kibaki (born 15 November 1931), was the third President of the Republic of Kenya, from 2002 to April 2013. He previously served as the Vice President during Presiedent Moi’s era for ten years from 1978 to 1988.



















Uhuru Kenyatta (born 26 Oct 1961), is the fourth President of the Republic of Kenya. He assumed office on 9 April 2013.