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Kenya African National Union

Last modified: 2002-02-23 by jarig bakker
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Flag of the Kenya African National Union (KANU)

[Kenya African National Union (KANU)] by Jorge Candeias, 25 February 1999

There is some uncertainty if the rooster on this flag should be holding an axe (as in the coat of arms).
It seems there is a bit confusion between the KANU and the presidental flags. The KANU flag (pre-independence era) is reported as black-red-green with a white shield and crossed lances. The presidential flag was:
1) National flag with black square in center and in that the national arms.
2) Blue flag with a cockerel, two golden lances crossed and a red shield.
3) Arap Moi changed the background color to green (adopted September 1978). Two versions are reported: one with no cockerel are and one with the central emblem was changed later to a cockerel.
Jaume Ollé, 28 February 1999

I made my GIF based on a vague written description that was, IIRC, somewhere in the pages of Kenya...
The cockerel I used is that of UNITA. It was simply an approximation...
Jorge Candeias, 7 Jan 2002

It seems the Kenya African national Union (KANU) and the National Development Party (NDP) are merged or about to.
See allAfrica com.:
The party retains the name Kanu, the symbol of the cockerel, and the index finger salute, but provisions have been made to allow party organs to decide on slogans and colours of the flag.
Mark Sensen, 23 Feb 2002

Flag of the KANU - variant

[Flag of the KANU - variant] by Jarig Bakker. 7 Jan 2002

I found a B/W emblem in Rabbow's 'dtv-Lexikon politischer Symbole, 1970, and put that on Jorge's KANU-flag.
Before Kenya became independent the KANU used the flag, listed as the KAU-flag; the KANU's emblem was the cockerel with the battle-axe. That cockerel was put on the Kenyan CoA; the cockerel without battle-axe was put on the presidential flag, according to Whitney Smith, and it can now be found on the site of the (still ruling) KANU - it looks as if the party now has a hor
BRV flag with in the center a white disk with a red batle-axe-less cockerel facing the fly. But that's sheer speculation.
Jarig Bakker. 7 Jan 2002

Kenya African Union

[Kenya African Union (KAU)] by Ivan Sache, 27 March 1998

On 11 March 1998, I posted a list of national flags which were directly inspired by the flag of one or two political parties. Some of these party flags are illustrated in Smi75b:
Kenya African Union (pre-independence predecessor to KANU), proportions 2:3.
Horizontal black-red-green (without thin white stripes).
Masai shield and spears in white, centered on the red stripe and not extending over the two other stripes.
Ivan Sache, 27 March 1998

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