Kenya News Agency

The Kenya News Agency (KNA) is a government-run national news agency created in 1963.[1] Its headquarter is in Nairobi and it is run by the Department of Information, Ministry of Information Communication and Technology. News reports are created by KNA reporters in 72 county and sub-county offices and disseminated from the National Editorial Desk (Press Office) in Nairobi to subscribers made up of news media companies in Kenya and around the world. Their services also include Electronic/TV News Unit, Mobile Cinema and Photographic Services.[2]


The work of the Kenya News Agency as a national news gathering operation began decades earlier with the Kenya Information Service (KIS) formed in 1939 to disseminate information on World War II.[3] In 1945, after the war, the service changed its name to the African Information Service (AIS) and it served as an information unit mainly for the white settlers of the colonial British government.[4]

Between 1953 and 1954 the African Information Services became the Department of Information with the appointment of the first Director of Information and the first press officers. The new Department consisted of several sections – Administrative, African, Press, Films and Photographs, Provincial Organizations and Information and Reference.[5] It was administered from the Office of the Chief Secretary, at the time Richard Turnbull. The Department of Information served mainly as a propaganda machine especially during the state of emergency between 1954 - 1960.[6]

After Independence

In 1962 in the lead up to independence, the Department was moved to the Ministry of State for Constitutional Affairs and Administration under then Hon. Mr. Ronald G. Ngala. On December 5, 1963, the Kenya News Agency was created. On December 12, 1963 Kenya attained self-rule and the Office of the Prime Minister was established with Hon. Mzee Jomo Kenyatta as the first Prime Minister of Kenya. Kenyatta convened his cabinet with the Hon. R. Achieng Oneko as the first Minister for Information, Broadcasting and Tourism. The Ministry’s functions then included Information Service (including Publications & Photographic Services) and the then newly created Kenya News Agency and Press Office.[7]

As a state-owned agency the Kenya News Agency was expected to project a positive image of Kenya and promote the work of the Government.[8] With a national network, the Agency was initially the primary source of news report from outside the capital Nairobi, but as the road networks expanded and internet infrastructure improved, access to the rural areas became easier and more affordable for private sector news organisation to send their own reporters to cover news outside Nairobi.

In 2016 Kenya News Agency made its historic image collection (more than 50,000 images) available online through a public portal Urithi.[9] Urithi also includes audio and video content sourced from the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation.


The Kenya News Agency has in the past produced the following publications:[10]

  • Habari [1921 Monthly]
  • Habari za Vita (News of the War) [Weekly]
  • Baraza [1939]
  • Pamoja [1939]
  • Kenya Today


  1. ^ A Guide to the Contents of the, Kenya National Archives and Documentation Service. pp. Part 1, p. 1 to 22.
  2. ^ Kenya News Agency: Products and Services
  3. ^ Gadsden, Fay (1986-01-01). "Wartime Propaganda in Kenya: The Kenya Information Office, 1939-1945". The International Journal of African Historical Studies. 19 (3): 401–420. doi:10.2307/218973. JSTOR 218973.
  4. ^ Sriramesh, Krishnamurthy; Vercic, Dejan (2009-01-13). The Global Public Relations Handbook, Revised and Expanded Edition: Theory, Research, and Practice. Routledge. ISBN 9781135845544.
  5. ^ Office, Colonial (1955-01-01). Report on the Colony and Protectorate of Kenya for the Year 1954 (1st. ed.). Colonial Office.
  6. ^ Sriramesh, Krishnamurthy; Vercic, Dejan (2009-01-13). The Global Public Relations Handbook, Revised and Expanded Edition: Theory, Research, and Practice. Routledge. ISBN 9781135845544.
  7. ^ "A guide to the contents of the Kenya National Archives & Documentation Service in SearchWorks". Retrieved 2015-12-08.
  8. ^ Kalu, Onuka (1989). Modern Journalism in Africa: A Newspaperman Looks at His Profession. Kalsam West Africa.
  9. ^ "More Than Half A Million Images From The Kenya News Agency's Archives Are Now Available Online". iAfrikan. 2016-11-10. Retrieved 2017-11-21.

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Cyclone Nadia

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Damage was heaviest in Mozambique, estimated at about $20 million (1994 USD). Cyclone Nadia severely affected four provinces in the country, primarily Nampula Province where it moved ashore. There, 85% of the houses were destroyed, and across its path, the cyclone left 1.5 million people homeless. High winds caused widespread power outages, left areas without water, and significantly damaged crops, notably the cashew crop. The storm struck before the harvest, and lack of food resulted in 300 deaths in the months after the storm. Across Mozambique, Nadia directly caused 240 deaths and injured thousands. Effects spread as far inland as Malawi.

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As it runs across the Gusii Land part of it becomes the Mogonga River, known for its deadly effects when it floods. Mogonga and Gucha are almost equal in size and they meet just 1 mile before flowing through the Ogembo Town center.

The Gucha-Migori river changed its course near its mouth in 2001-2002, moving north to its present location.About 45 km from Migori, the Gogo Falls dam was completed in 1956 with a hydropower capacity of 2MW, connected to the Kenyan national grid.

The dam is operated by Kenya Electricity Generating Company (Kengen).

In 2014, Kenyan government announced an upgrade to the dam, to increase capacity to 12MW, regulate flow to prevent flooding, and allow irrigation of approximately 25,000ha.

As of February 2016, the Orango irrigation intake and canals have been built downstream of the dam for the use of Okenge and Owiro farmers in Migori County, but construction of distributary channels have been delayed.The Gogo Falls archaeological site is located near the dam.

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Julius Muthamia

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The dam construction started in 2008 and ended 2013.The dam has a height of 18 metres and a capacity of 1.8 million litres.

This project was set up in order to overcome water challenges in Kajiado county and parts of Nairobi county. The dam has a daily supply capacity of 15,700 cubic metres and is currently supplying domestic water in constituencies in Kajiado north and kajiado west. It's under maintenance by Oloolaiser water and sewage company who are also in charge of water and sewage treatment and supply. The dam has a water treatment storage of 5000 m³ and serves over 253,000 residents.

Kiserian dam relies on four seasonal rivers, two which originate from Ngong Hills.

List of news agencies

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Suam–Endebess–Kitale–Eldoret Road

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