Problems experienced by the Imperial British East Africa Company in Kenya

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  • There was a scarcity of mineral wealth and profitable export commodities which made it difficult for the company to generate enough wealth to meet the cost of administration.




  • There was a poor transport network which made the movement of goods slow/ difficult/ expensive thereby making the enterprise less profitable.
  • There was a lack of proper coordination between the company headquarters in Britain and the officials in Kenya hence delays/ waste and misunderstandings.
  • The company officials lacked the experience which was necessary for the success of the administration in the protectorate.
  • Some of the company officials were corrupt and therefore concentrated on their personal enrichment at the expense of the enterprise.
  • Resistance from the local communities posed a great challenge to the company as it had to administer and at the same time suppress the communities.
  • There was inadequate capital to carry out its operations thus making the administration of the protectorate ineffective.




  • Unfavorable climatic conditions/ tropical diseases claimed the lives of some of the company personnel.
  • Lack of enough personnel.
  • Rivalry from German East Africa affected its operations.

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