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The comedy of errors that shut down 1982 failed coup
Senior Private Hezekiah Ochuka had to use innuendos to convince his fellow soldiers of the seriousness of the coup.
By Peter Muiruri 15 days ago
The comedy of errors that shut down 1982 failed coup
Hailemariam: Africa must decolonise conservation
The former Ethiopian leader has become a conservation champion, a marked departure from the rough and tumble life as a politician.
By Peter Muiruri 18 days ago
Hailemariam: Africa must decolonise conservation
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When Italian prisoners of war escaped jail to climb Mt Kenya
Italian POW Felice Benuzzi's brief sighting of Mt Kenya would put him, and two other fellow Italian POWs into history books.
By Peter Muiruri 19 days ago
When Italian prisoners of war escaped jail to climb Mt Kenya
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John Boyes: The colonial Kenya 'king' who carried evidence under his arm
His exploits in making commercial inroads in Kikuyuland to the point of becoming a blood brother with some local chiefs may have earned him the title, ‘King of the Wakikuyu’.
By Peter Muiruri 28 days ago
John Boyes: The colonial Kenya 'king' who carried evidence under his arm
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Meet Kenya's iconic animals
They strode the Kenyan plains like the proverbial colossus. Their names and fame are deeply engraved in the annals of history, both locally and internationally.
By Peter Muiruri 30 days ago
Meet Kenya's iconic animals
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Lost tunes: Why live bands are fading away from wedding events
Live bands are slowly ceding part of their turf to dJs. A live band playing in a wedding ceremony today brings nostalgic memories.
By Peter Muiruri 1 month ago
Lost tunes: Why live bands are fading away from wedding events
TikTok launches new features to fight election disinformation
TikTok has launched new features to help Kenyan voters access factual information on the upcoming General Election.
By Peter Muiruri 1 month ago
TikTok launches new features to fight election disinformation
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Amorous white bachelors defied a 'concubine circular'
The government issued a ‘sexual directive’, ‘immoral relations memo’, or ‘the concubine circular’ in January 1909.
By Peter Muiruri 1 month ago
Amorous white bachelors defied a 'concubine circular'
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When a driver's licence was sure bet for employment
The assumption was anybody who had just acquired a driving licence was equally qualified to teach another person how to drive.
By Peter Muiruri 1 month ago
When a driver's licence was sure bet for employment
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How US President killed 9 hyenas, 17 lions in Kenya
During his visit, termed as a 'conservation mission', Roosevelt killed over 500 animals. Of the Big Five, he bagged 17 lions, 11 elephants, 10 buffaloes, three leopards and 20 rhinos.
By Peter Muiruri 1 month ago
How US President killed 9 hyenas, 17 lions in Kenya
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When a bribe threatened to tear the Maasai apart
Maasailand was a no-go zone, not only for Europeans but other communities as well.
By Peter Muiruri 1 month ago
When a bribe threatened to tear the Maasai apart
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When Africans couldn't relieve themselves in Nairobi toilets
Early Nairobi was described by diplomat Ralph Bunche as “one big (outdoor toilet) because there are practically no public facilities available for natives.”
By Peter Muiruri 1 month ago
When Africans couldn't relieve themselves in Nairobi toilets
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African-American who often bailed Jomo out of trouble
It was Bunche, a political scientist, who would offer to reconcile Kenyatta with other students, especially over the rights of research materials.
By Peter Muiruri 1 month ago
African-American who often bailed Jomo out of trouble
No consensus in Nairobi biodiversity safety talks
The parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity held talks in Nairobi from June 21 to 27, concluding that the ambition was “nowhere near what is needed.”
By Peter Muiruri 1 month ago
No consensus in Nairobi biodiversity safety talks
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Blixen, the 'quack' who founded Nairobi's posh Karen
The closest she came to 'medical training' was by sailing on the same boat with a German scientist during her first trip to Africa in 1912.
By Peter Muiruri 1 month ago
Blixen, the 'quack' who founded Nairobi's posh Karen
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When missionaries in Kenya turned to women to beat homesickness
Malaria and dysentery took enough men to threaten the very existence of the key mission. A third died here while another third had to be shipped back home to face an uncertain future.
By Peter Muiruri 1 month ago
When missionaries in Kenya turned to women to beat homesickness
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When 'shifta' remark threatened Commonwealth debate
The debate turned acrimonious after a speaker said that only a shifta would fail to see benefits of the secretariat.
By Peter Muiruri 1 month ago
When 'shifta' remark threatened Commonwealth debate
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White settlers invaded State House in 1952 in protest
Following the declaration of the State of Emergency in Kenya in October 1952, Mau Mau became more savage, killing a number of whites, Africans opposed to their forced oathing rites.
By Peter Muiruri 1 month ago
White settlers invaded State House in 1952 in protest
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When settlers demanded freedom from oppressive laws
The original settlers too, had a bone to pick with some laws the colonial office enforced in the East Africa Protectorate, working up a clamour for independence.
By Peter Muiruri 1 month ago
When settlers demanded freedom from oppressive laws
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When defiant zebras refused to do the donkey's work
The farmers, mostly bachelors in their thirties lost more money than they made in their endeavours, years of toil bringing them together in a land where they hared common bond of poverty.
By Peter Muiruri 2 months ago
When defiant zebras refused to do the donkey's work
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When Kenya gifted Russian leader a Mau Mau gun
When Murumbi, Odinga gifted Russian leader a Mau Mau gun, panga.
By Peter Muiruri 2 months ago
When Kenya gifted Russian leader a Mau Mau gun
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Feisal Hussein: Why I chose to hire deaf employees
Feisal says there are no opportunities for one to shout at his cafe because the deaf knows they are under scrutiny from diners meaning they must offer the best service.
By Peter Muiruri 2 months ago
Feisal Hussein: Why I chose to hire deaf employees
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How jiggers nearly crippled future agriculture minister
Lizards ran across his hexagonal, mud and wattle hut without care. But lizards were the least of his concerns.
By Peter Muiruri 2 months ago
How jiggers nearly crippled future agriculture minister
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How sweaty armpit saved the queen from an elephant
Mervyn Cowie, father of Kenya's national parks and John Hayward, the then warden at the Aberdares, were tasked with "managing" the animal to allow the couple safe passage.
By Peter Muiruri 2 months ago
How sweaty armpit saved the queen from an elephant
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Power hitch that ushered in Uhuru at historic gardens
For Uhuru Kenyatta, these gardens mark the spot where his father began his reign as Kenya's first president on December 12, 1963.
By Peter Muiruri 2 months ago
Power hitch that ushered in Uhuru at historic gardens
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A railway depot that birthed Nairobi city 123 years ago
Today marks 123 years since the settlement today known as Nairobi came to be. It is a settlement that grew out of a need to speed up the work on the Uganda Railway, or the Lunatic Express.
By Peter Muiruri 2 months ago
A railway depot that birthed Nairobi city 123 years ago
Changing the community one bead at a time
Rocky peaks stand out of the expanse, creating the perfect stage for hiking enthusiasts. With its fame as a wildlife haven, Northern Kenya looks like a little paradise.
By Peter Muiruri 2 months ago
Changing the community one bead at a time
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How nosey Mo nearly exposed the Pope in his bedroom
Among the most celebrated cameraman in Kenya was Mohamed ‘Mo’ Amin who founded Camerapix in the early 1960s.
By Peter Muiruri 2 months ago
How nosey Mo nearly exposed the Pope in his bedroom
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Day Jomo got backlash from members of the House
Kenyatta got into more trouble when, in an answer to the member for Machakos George Nthenge, asserted that “these people” must do their homework.
By Peter Muiruri 2 months ago
Day Jomo got backlash from members of the House
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How two rivaling colonialists created Murang'a Town
After Kenya became a British protectorate in 1895 following the transfer of administrative duties from the Imperial British East Africa Company, two men began a vicious fight for supremacy.
By Peter Muiruri 2 months ago
How two rivaling colonialists created Murang'a Town
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How Maasai warriors, lion tales scared Jewish settlers
In 1902, Chamberlain had visited East Africa and, viewing the fertility of the land, offered 5,000 square miles of land in Uasin Gishu to the Zionists.
By Peter Muiruri 3 months ago
How Maasai warriors, lion tales scared Jewish settlers
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Governor who turned State House into chicken farm
Government House, the imposing structure now known as State House, was constructed in 1907 with designs by British architect  Sir Herbert Baker.
By Peter Muiruri 3 months ago
Governor who turned State House into chicken farm
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Karura for a day: At one with nature in the 'lungs' of Nairobi
From the Celtis Africana, or the white stinkwood, common not only in Africa, but Yemen to the Combretum molle, or the velvet bushwillow — Karura has them all.
By Peter Muiruri 3 months ago
Karura for a day: At one with nature in the 'lungs' of Nairobi
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Why Harry Thuku chose to plant coffee on Independence Day
Having fought for Africans to be allowed to grow coffee since 1921, it was only fitting that he celebrated the newfound freedom by actually planting coffee.
By Peter Muiruri 3 months ago
Why Harry Thuku chose to plant coffee on Independence Day
Billionaire's world in 'Little Italy'
None of these though, have a rich history as Falvio Briatore’s creation that began with his private home at the Lion in the Sun which forms the Billionaire Resort and Retreat.
By Peter Muiruri 3 months ago
Billionaire's world in 'Little Italy'
Durban to hold travel show despite floods
The event is being held against the backdrop of devastating floods in KwaZulu-Natal that have killed more than 400 people and displaced thousands more.
By Peter Muiruri 3 months ago
Durban to hold travel show despite floods
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Dedan Kimathi: A wanted man and an elusive hunt in the Aberdares
That Mau Mau leader Dedan Kimathi was an elusive chap is not in doubt. His ability to lead British soldiers off course is legendary.
By Peter Muiruri 3 months ago
Dedan Kimathi: A wanted man and an elusive hunt in the Aberdares
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British settler whose idols gave Juja town its name
Today, his former castle-like home hosts the offices of Muka Mukuu Cooperative Society and apart from the structures, the environment bears little semblance to McMillan lifestyle.
By Peter Muiruri 3 months ago
British settler whose idols gave Juja town its name
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Strike for release of Jomo Kenyatta on Good Friday? No way
The government’s side of the debate was final: Mr Kenyatta belonged in jail.
By Peter Muiruri 4 months ago
Strike for release of Jomo Kenyatta on Good Friday? No way
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When Mau Mau used animals to ward off British soldiers
Rhinos, elephants and buffaloes had a field day chasing the whites, who, despite having sophisticated weapons, had little chance of success against forest gangs.
By Peter Muiruri 4 months ago
When Mau Mau used animals to ward off British soldiers
FIFA suspends India's national soccer federation
Football
By Associated Press
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Ruto to meet UDA,  Kenya Kwanza elected leaders
Politics
By David Njaaga
4 hrs ago
Linet Toto: I will make Bomet
Achieving Woman
By Peris Wambugu
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