A list of happenings in 2009 in Kenya:
- March 30 - Student riots at the Kenyatta University results in one fatality and destroyed property, including a computer laboratory.
- May 1 - A government official was forced to cut short his speech and abandon the May Day rally as angry workers hurled stones at dignitaries in protest over the government's refusal to deal with difficult living conditions 
- May 7 - Thomas P. G. Cholmondeley was found guilty of manslaughter 
- June 12 - The Othaya Police Chief, John Nzau was shot dead. Fellow policemen were arrested as suspects.
- June 16 - An oil tanker fire kills at least four and injures nearly 50 people at Kapokyek village near Kericho. The victims were siphoning fuel from the tanker that had fallen off the road.
- August 1 - A small airplane belonging to AIM-Air crashes into a flat in Nairobi's Highrise estate, while approaching the Wilson Airport, resulting in one fatality 
- August 4–6- The 8th African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) conference was held at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre in Nairobi. Hillary Clinton, the United States Secretary of State, was among the speakers.
- August 23 - A bus and a truck collide near Gilgil, resulting in 16 deaths 
- August 24 - The Kenyan census in 2009 is initiated 
- August 24- Long-distance buses and matatus are banned for entering the Nairobi CBD, in order to reduce traffic congestions 
- August 27 - Parliamentary by-elections were held in the constituencies of Shinyalu and Bomachoge. ODM retained the Shinyalu seat, the new MP is Justus Kizito, replacing the deceased Charles Lugano. In Bomachoge, Simon Ogari of ODM narrowly beat the 2007 winner Joel Onyancha of PNU. The Bomachoge seat was vacated after the 2007 Elections at the constituency were nullified due to irregularities. For the first time in Kenya, the ballot boxes were transparent.
- October 4 - Fourteen people die when a matatu and a truck collided in Kericho 
- October 20 - A building collapsed in Kiambu, killing several people 
- October 27 - Mungiki chairman Maina Njenga was acquitted after murder charges on him were withdrawn for lack of evidence 
January - March 
- January 1 - Kenyan al-Qaeda members Fahid Mohammed Ally Msalam and Sheikh Ahmed Salim Swedan were killed in an US airstrike in Pakistan 
- January 26 - Pamela Mboya, former UN-HABITAT Kenya representative and widow of Tom Mboya 
- January 28 - Angel Wainaina, Actress and radio presenter, known for her role as Sergeant Maria of Cobra Squad TV-series, victim of the Nakumatt supermarket fire.
- January 28 - Peter Serry, the CEO of Tusker FC, victim of the Nakumatt supermarket fire.
- February 1 - Kadir Farah, former international football player died of illness 
- February 25 - Atieno Odhiambo, 63, scholar and writer died of illness 
- March 5 - Oscar Kamau Kingara and John Paul Oulo, human rights activists, were shot dead by the police.
April - June 
- April 9 - Farakh Yusuf, 54, rally co-driver.
- April 13 - James Bett, a peacemaker dies following a car accident 
- May 1–3 - Bantu Mwaura, 40, human-rights activist, actor, director, poet and storyteller who wrote poetry in English, Swahili and Gikuyu
- May 4 - Charles Lugano, 59, Kenyan politician, illness 
- June 18 - Professor Peter Kenya from Kenyatta University was shot dead by gangsters 
July - September 
October - December 
- October 9 - Francis Baldacchino, 72, the first Bishop of Malindi, dies of liver and heart complications in Malta.
- October 26 - Patrick Ndururi, 40, runner 
- November 2 - Kirugumi wa Wanjuki, 86, the hangman at Kamiti Maximum Security Prison dies of pneumonia.
- November 28 - Patrick Konchellah, 41, runner, commonwealth games gold medalist dies of illness 
- December 4 - Ronald Kiluta, former MP and assistant minister from Masinga Constituency, road accident 
January - March 
April - June 
July - September 
October - December 
- ^ "KACC asked to probe $98.7 million Triton oil theft at Kenya Pipeline", The East African, January 10, 2009
- ^ "Revealed: Sh150 million maize scandal", Daily Nation, January 10, 2009
- ^ Daily Nation website, January 16, 2009: Kenya seeks Sh32bn food aid
- ^ Daily Nation website, January 23, 2009: Cabinet reshuffle: Why Kibaki acted
- ^ The Standard, January 29, 2009: Four feared dead, six injured as supermarket burns
- ^ The Standard, February 22, 2009: Kibaki, Museveni discuss disputed island
- ^ "Kenya police 'ran death squads'". BBC News. February 25, 2009.
- ^ Daily Nation, September 8, 2009: Kibaki moves Ali, names new Kenya police boss
- ^ The Standard, March 31, 2009: Death and ruins in orgy of violence
- ^ "Kenya coalition minister resigns". BBC News. April 6, 2009.
- ^ "Kenyan sect violence 'kills 24'". BBC News. April 21, 2009.
- ^ Daily Nation, April 29, 2009: Wabukala new Anglican Church head
- ^ Daily Nation, May 1, 2009 The day Kenya workers’ anger boiled over
- ^ "Aristocrat guilty of manslaughter". BBC News. May 7, 2009.
- ^ Daily Nation, June 18, 2009: Senior officer held over Othaya killing
- ^ Daily Nation, June 19, 2009: Three more victims of oil tanker tragedy die
- ^ "Annan acts on Kenya poll suspects". BBC News. July 9, 2009.
- ^ Daily Nation, July 22, 2009: Night of tears and anguish as 22 die in accident
- ^ "East Africa gets high-speed web". BBC News. July 23, 2009.
- ^ Ross, Will (July 30, 2009). "Kenya shuns special poll tribunal". BBC News.
- ^ The Standard, August 1, 2009: Pilot killed, three injured in city estate plane crash
- ^ 8th AGOA forum US Vows to improve ties with Africa
- ^ Daily Nation, August 24, 2009: 16 dead in bus-trailer accident
- ^ Daily Nation, August 24, 2009: President counted as Kenya Census begins
- ^ Daily Nation, August 29, 2009: Ban private cars not matatus, urge passengers
- ^ ODM triumphs in Shinyalu, Bomachoge by-elections
- ^ Daily Nation, August 27, 2009: Low turnout in by-elections
- ^ "Kenyan corruption chief resigns". BBC News. September 30, 2009.
- ^ "Kenyan anger over corruption job". BBC News. September 1, 2009.
- ^ Daily Nation, October 5, 2009: Runaway accident driver arrested
- ^ "Kenyan efforts to rescue trapped". BBC News. October 20, 2009.
- ^ "Mungiki sect head freed in Kenya". BBC News. October 27, 2009.
- ^ The Standard, November 6, 2009: Mungiki spokesman shot dead
- ^ Daily Nation, November 9, 2009: Two killed as plane crashes at Wilson Airport
- ^ The Standard, November 16, 2009: 10 killed, six injured as raiders attack village
- ^ France24, November 16, 2009:Kenya starts forest eviction
- ^ The Standard, November 23, 2009: Six die in road carnage, four injured
- ^ Daily Nation, December 3, 2009: 11 killed in bus and lorry collision
- ^ Daily Nation, December 17, 2009: Magara loses South Mugirango seat
- ^ Warrick, Joby (January 9, 2009). "Jan. 1 Attack By CIA Killed Two Leaders Of Al-Qaeda". The Washington Post.
- ^ UN-HABITAT, January 29, 2009: Pamela Mboya, 70, former Kenyan permanent representative dies
- ^ The Standard, January 31, 2009: Death toll rises as more bodies are found in the rubble
- ^ Kenyafootball, January 30, 2009: Nandwa survives Nakumatt inferno, Serry missing
- ^ The Standard, February 1, 2009: Former Harambee Stars midfielder Farah is dead
- ^ The Standard, February 26, 2009: Celebrated scholar dies in Kisumu
- ^ "UN urges probe into Kenya murders". BBC News. March 6, 2009.
- ^ Coastweek, April 17, 2009: CHAMPion FARAKH YUSUF PASSES ON DAYS AFTER 2009 KCB SAFARI RALLY
- ^ The Standard, April 25, 2009: A man who was always ahead of his time
- ^ Article, "Human rights activist Bantu Mwaura found dead" May 4, 2009, The Standard of Nairobi, Kenya; also Kimani, Peter, "Brave struggle that gave way to bleak end", May 5, 2009, The Standard of Nairobi, Kenya retrieved May 4 (different time zone)
- ^ Daily Nation, May 4, 2009: Kenya MP dies after illness
- ^ Daily Nation, June 20, 2009: PS injured in dawn shooting
- ^ Daily Nation, July 9, 2009: Youth PS Murugu dies in Nairob
- ^ McConnell, Tristan (2009-08-13). "Gem expert Campbell Bridges killed by Kenyan mob after mining row". London: Times Online. Retrieved 2009-08-20.
- ^ The Standard, August 14, 2009: Former Kenya Air Force boss die
- ^ Capital FM, August 14, 2009: World oldest pupil Maruge dies
- ^ Daily Nation, October 19, 2009: Funeral mass held for Malindi bishop
- ^ Daily Nation, October 27, 2009: Transition
- ^ The Standard, November 4, 2009: Lonely exit for retired Kamiti hangman
- ^ The Standard, December 12, 2009: Former champion Konchellah passes on
- ^ The Standard, December 4, 2009: Former minister killed in accident
- ^ RSSSF: East and Central African Championship (CECAFA)
- ^ "Hey takes over as Kenya coach". BBC News. February 19, 2009.
- ^ Daily Nation website, January 23, 2009: Moment of glory for Wanjiru and Jelimo
- ^ IAAF, March 29, 2009: Kogo breaks World 10 km record in Brunssum
- ^ IAAF, April 5, 2009: Kibet edges Kwambai as both clock 2:04:27 - Rotterdam Marathon report
- ^ IAAF, April 5, 2009: 2:05:47 course record for Kipruto in Paris, five others under 2:07
- ^ WNBA: 2009 WNBA Draft board
- ^ IAAF, April 20, 2009: Merga dominates, Kosgei edges Tune - Boston Marathon report
- ^ "Wanjiru sets London course record". BBC News. April 26, 2009. Retrieved April 26, 2009.
- ^ IRB, June 22, 2009: Kenya retain Tusker Safari Sevens tournament
- ^ Daily Nation, July 12, 2009: Kenya thrash Cameroon to enter World Championships
- ^ IAAF, September 4, 2009: Oldest World record goes down in Brussels as Kenya dominates 4x1500 - ÅF Golden League
- ^ Dily Nation, September 26, 2009: Impala Kenya Cup champions
- ^ Daily Nation, October 4, 2009: Tundo flashes to Guru Nanak win
- ^ Chicago Breaking News, October 9, 2009: Kenyan man, Russian woman win Chicago Marathon titles
- ^ IAAF, October 18, 2009: Another sizzling debut - 2:06:18 by Yegon in Amsterdam to break Gebrselassie's course record
- ^ Daily Nation, October 21, 2009: Leading clubs’ apathy in cup gifts Leopards
- ^ The Standard, October 26, 2009: Kigen, Jerotich win Stanchart marathon
- ^ Kenya Premier League, November 7, 2009: Sofapaka are champions! Baraza scores twice in decider
- ^ Capital FM, December 1, 2009: Duncan wins classic rally