THE HARAMBEE CREST(COURT OF ARMS)

The Harambee crest is commonly referred to as the coat of arms. The coat of arms was granted in October 15, 1963. The lions, spears and the shield strongly reflect the culture of the Maasai community, a rich culture that Kenyans across the board have warmly embraced. The Maasai people have long shared a beautiful co-existence with wild animals and reside in Narok on the outskirts of Nairobi. They are a very respected community in Kenya because of the way they have struggled to maintain their traditional practices in the face of increasing urbanization.

The coat of arms has great symbolic value. The spear-wielding lions and the shield represent the spirit Kenyans have of defending their country. The shield bears the same colours as the country's flag. The red represents the blood that was shed by Kenyans during the struggle for independence. Green represents Kenya's fertile land. Black represents the people of Kenya and white represents the peace-loving people that Kenyans are. The cockerel at the center is the emblem of the Kenya African National Union (KANU) party. You will recall that KANU was Kenya's ruling party at independence in 1963, and that Kenyatta coined the Harambee motto at that time in an effort to unite Kenya's different communities into one strong nation. Harambee is swahili for "pulling together".

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