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Kenyans embrace national and ethnic identities, but interpersonal trust is low, Afrobarometer survey shows

16 Feb 2021 Kenya

Most Kenyans value both their national and ethnic identities and feel comfortable speaking their mother tongue and wearing traditional dress in public, according to the most recent Afrobarometer survey.

Most Kenyans also believe there’s strength in diversity and express tolerant attitudes toward other ethnicities, as well as other religions, political views, and nationalities.

But even though a majority say there is more that unites Kenyans than divides them, very few think they can trust other people.

Ethnicity promises to continue to be an important factor in Kenyan politics after President Uhuru Kenyatta’s recent indication of support for a successor from a different ethnic group after he leaves offices in 2022.