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Kirinyaga County (Kenya)

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image by Valentin Poposki, 08 Aug 2019
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Kirinyaga County is located in central Kenya.  It was created in 1963 out of the western portion of Embu District and later became part of the Central Province of Kenya.  The capital is Kerugoua/Kutus and the largest town is Wanguru.
Jens Pattke, 20 July 2018

Description of the flag

On 14 March 2019 Kirinyaga County changed its flag and other symbols (County Symbols Bill 2019)

Kirinyaga County flag and other symbols Bill :
3. (1) The flag of which the designs and descriptions are set out in Part I of the First Schedule to this Act is hereby declared to be the Flag of Kirinyaga County.
    (2) The coat of arms of which the blazon and description are set out in part II of the First Schedule to the Act is hereby declared to be the Coat of Arms of Kirinyaga County
    (3) The seal of which the design is set out in Part III of the First Schedule to this Act is hereby declared to be the Public Seal of Kirinyaga County. Prohibition of improper use of County Flag and other Symbols.

4. (1) No person shall except with the written permission of the Executive Committee Member-
    (a) use the county flag and symbols, or any colourable imitation thereof, in furtherance of, or display the same as an advertisement for, any trade, business, calling or profession;
    (b) use any specified emblem, or any colourable imitation thereof, in the title of any patent, or in any trade mark or designs; or (c) manufacture or import any article or good bearing any specified emblem, specified name  or specified likeness, or any article or goods on which any title, trademark or design is used in contravention of paragraph (b) of this subsection.
    (2) Subsection 1 (a) shall not apply to the publication of a bona fide news item or to the publication in a newspaper of any article connected with any bona fide news items other than a news item in the furtherance of, or as an advertisement for, any trade business calling or profession.
    (3) Any permission given under subsection (1) may be given subject to such conditions as the Executive Committee Member may deem fit.

The flag is rectangular in shape, consisting of the following elements:
a) The county coat of arms in the middle;
b) Green represents the agricultural heritage of Kirinyaga County;
c) White represents the peaceful co-existence of the residents of Kirinyaga County; and
d) Yellow represents the rising aspects of Kirinyaga County.

The County Coat of Arms has the following elements;
(a) the sun is the rising of a new season;
(b) the mountain is Mount Kenya, the dwelling place of God among the people;
(c) tea, coffee and rice represents agricultural productivity; and
(d) five stars represent the five sub counties.
MOTTO: Kirinyaga Rising.

image sent by Valentin Poposki, 08 Aug 2019


image sent by Valentin Poposki, 08 Aug 2019

The border of the seal is the same shade of green as found on the arms and flag.
André Flicher, 08 Aug 2019

1. The following officials may fly the county flag on their official vehicle -
(a) the Governor;
(b) the Deputy Governor; and
(c) the Speaker of the County Assembly.
Valentin Poposki, 08 Aug 2019

Previous flag

image by Jens Pattke, 20 July 2018

The previous county flag was a vertical bicolour of yellow (gold) and green.  In the centre is a triangle, fimbriated in white, with a map of the country in yellow on a black background on the left; and a stylised mountain with three peaks in black on a background divided horizontally yellow over green fimbriated in black on the right. 

According to the Kirinyaga County Flag and other Symbols Bill (2016) (which can be seen here), the diamond motif represents strength, sturdiness and prosperity.  The map in gold represents the wealth of the land and the people against a backdrop of black, also representing the people.  The mountain represents the heritage bequeathed to the Kenyan people in the form of Mount Kenya and the horizon is golden signifying hope and a prosperous future with the green foreground representing the rich agricultural traditions of the inhabitants of the county.

The main colours of gold and green represent wealth and agriculture.
Jens Pattke, 20 July 2018