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Kenya African National Union

Last modified: 2006-02-05 by bruce berry
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[Kenya African National Union (KANU)] image by Jorge Candeias, 25 February 1999 See also:

Kenya African National Union (KANU) flag

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 Presidential 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) Daniel Arap Moi changed the background color to green (adopted September 1978). Two versions are reported: one with no cockerel and one with the central emblem was changed later to a cockerel.
Jaume Ollé, 28 February 1999

It seems the Kenya African National Union (KANU) and the National Development Party (NDP) have 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] image by Jarig Bakker, 07 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 horizontal BRV flag with in the center a white disk with a red battle-axe-less cockerel facing the fly. But that's sheer speculation.
Jarig Bakker, 07 Jan 2002

Kenya African Union

[Kenya African Union (KAU)]  image 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 including that of the 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