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Kenya issued this attractive set of stamps on 30th October 1986 to celebrate the favorite sailing boat of East Africa: the dhow. This is the full set, used, & in tidy, clean condition.

The designs:

1/- ... Mashua.

3/- ... Mtepe.

5/- ... Dau La Mwao.

10/- ... Jahazi.

SG 394 - 397.


Dhow is the generic name of a number of traditional sailing vessels with one or more masts with settee or lateen sails, used in the Red Sea & Indian Ocean region. Typically sporting long thin hulls, dhows are trading vessels primarily used to carry heavy items, such as fruit, fresh water, or other heavy merchandise, along the coasts of Eastern Arabia (Arab states of the Gulf), East Africa, Yemen & coastal South Asia (Pakistan, India, Bangladesh). Larger dhows have crews of approximately thirty, smaller ones typically around twelve. Today, dhows make commercial journeys between the Arabian Gulf & East Africa using sails as their only means of propulsion. Their cargo is mostly dates & fish to East Africa & mangrove timber to lands in the Arabian Gulf. They often sail south with the monsoon in winter, & back again to Arabia in late spring.

At Kenyatta's death in 1978, Daniel arap Moi became President. Daniel arap Moi retained the Presidency, being unopposed in elections held in 1979, 1983 & 1988, all of which were held under the single party constitution. The 1983 elections were held a year early, and were a direct result of an abortive military coup attempt on 2 August 1982.

The election held in 1988 saw the advent of the mlolongo (queuing) system, where voters were supposed to line up behind their favoured candidates instead of a secret ballot. This was seen as the climax of a very undemocratic regime and it led to widespread agitation for constitutional reform. Several contentious clauses, including one that allowed for only one political party were changed in the following years. In democratic, multiparty elections in 1992 and 1997, Daniel arap Moi won re-election.

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