National Symbols

The national symbols of the Republic of Kenya are: -


(A) The national flag



Description–– Three major strips of equal width coloured from top to bottom black, red and green and separated by narrow white strips, with a symmetrical shield and white spears superimposed centrally. From the colours: -

Black: - Represents the people of Kenya.
Red: - Represents the bloodshed in the fight for independence.
Green: - Represents the fertility of the land.
White: - Represents peace.

Note: - All dimensions given do not necessarily represent any particular measurement and are merely proportional.


(B) National Anthem

1 Ee Mungu nguvu yetu
Ilete baraka kwetu.

Haki iwe ngao na mlinzi
Natukae na undugu

Amani na uhuru
Raha tupate na ustawi
1 O God of all creation
Bless this our land and nation.

Justice be our shield and defender
May we dwell in unity

Peace and liberty
Plenty be found within our borders.
2 Amkeni ndugu zetu
Tufanye sote bidii .

Nasi tujitoe kwa nguvu
Nchi yetu ya Kenya,

Tuwe tayari kuilinda.
2 Let one and all arise
With hearts both strong and true.

Service be our earnest endeavour,
And our Homeland of Kenya

Heritage of splendour,
Firm may we stand to defend.
3 Natujenge taifa letu
Ee, ndio wajibu wetu

Kenya istahili heshima
Tuungane mikono

Pamoja kazini
Kila siku tuwe na shukrani.
3 Let all with one accord
In common bond united,

Build this our nation together
And the glory of Kenya

The fruit of our labour
Fill every heart with thanksgiving.


(C) The Coat of Arms

The coat of arms of Kenya features two lions, a symbol of protection, holding spears and a traditional East African shield. The shield and lions stand on a silhouette of Mount Kenya containing in the foreground examples of Kenya's agricultural produce - coffee, pyrethrum, sisal, tea, maize and pineapples. The shield and spears symbolize unity and defence of freedom.

The coat of arms is supported by scrolls with the word “HARAMBEE” meaning pulling together.

(D) The Public Seal.