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Kenya celebrates 50 years of independence from UK
Kenya celebrate 50 years of independence from the UK
Associated Press
2013-12-12 11:42 PM

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Kenya is celebrating 50 years of independence with its leaders praising the progress the country has made since its freedom from Britain, though some citizens feel the country would have done better had not been for corruption.

President Uhuru Kenyatta marked the anniversary Thursday at a ceremony with song and dance and attended by 14 heads of state at the country's main stadium.

Kenyatta, whose father, Jomo, was Kenya's first president, says the country has made great strides to eradicate poverty, ignorance and disease which were identified as the country's greatest challenges at independence.

Kenyatta says that 90 percent of the Kenyans are now educated. Nelly Bosire, a medical doctor, said she is "ambivalent" about celebrating Kenya's 50th independence anniversary because the country should have achieved much more.

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