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Kenya’s consumer-driven economy could soon be balanced by resource discoveries, while big planned investments in power and transport could lift economic growth into double digits

Leaders found wanting by society

The state recognises it must work harder to heal historic divisions and accelerate growth

Daniel Branch

State cannot claim credit for country’s best achievements

‘Freedom and work’ was the slogan of Kenyan independence. Both remain works in progress

Government acts to stimulate below-par growth

Governance remains key issue in achieving potential

Artist’s impression of Garden City Mall, being built in Nairobi

From snacks to houses, consumers lead growth story

Traders press ahead with expansion in wake of the Westgate mall tragedy

Diplomacy: Tough stance may keep Kenyatta out of dock

Collapse of the ICC case may be the best solution for everyone but the victims

Mobile phones are route to financial inclusion

Boosting savings will fuel growth says Njuguna Ndung’u, Kenya’s central bank governor

a Tullow oil rig in Turkana county, northern Kenya

Exploration: Oil and mineral prospects fire global interest

Nairobi will need to offer terms that compete with rivals

Agriculture: Farmers hit by plunge in price of coffee

Hope for industry lies with popularity of specialist varieties

Infrastructure: State harbours big plans for ports, power, rail and roads

China will help with building and contribute to finance

Nairobi’s new Capital Club

Change and continuity in clubland

New money is transforming Nairobi but old inequalities persist

Stock market: Investors scramble for blue-chip stocks

Flow of foreign capital helps to push Nairobi to its best year yet

Sovereign debt debut aims for a $1.5bn sub-Saharan record

Investors expect a yield of 8% on the maiden issue

Timeline: key events of past 50 years

News headlines from independence in 1963 to the Westgate atrocity