Uhuru and after
The lowering of the Union Jack and its replacement with the Kenyan flag, the swearing-in of Mzee Kenyatta as the country’s first Prime Minister and Independence celebrations in October 1963 were some of the landmark events covered by TheStandard.
But the epic journey continued with a bold coverage of the twists and turns of political developments in post-Independence Kenya.
The East-West divide in international politics was to affect Kenya’s political landscape as Mzee Kenyatta fell out with his vice-president Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, who was soon pushed to political oblivion.
We covered the assassination of Planning Minister Thomas Joseph Mboya in 1969, outspoken MPs and civil rights crusaders — Pio Gama Pinto in 1965 and JM Kariuki in 1975.