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When the wheels came off powerful matatu societies
The tires of the matatu associations were punctured by Attorney General Mathew Guy Muli whose mighty pen did the unthinkable.
By Amos Kareithi 26 days ago
When the wheels came off powerful matatu societies
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William Ruto's Karen home: From official residence to a Hustler's Mansion
Operations at his Harambee House Annex has been scaled down and his Karen house is his seat of power christened the 'Hustler's mansion' Ruto where he announced his running mate.
By Brian Otieno 30 days ago
William Ruto's Karen home: From official residence to a Hustler's Mansion
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When Jomo awarded Mama Ngina a presidential medal
Her citation was that as “First Lady of Independent Kenya, Mama Ngina has played a prominent part in public life as the wife of the President of the Republic of Kenya.
By Amos Kareithi 30 days ago
When Jomo awarded Mama Ngina a presidential medal
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How KU could have been a Russian college
The Russians offered to establish a technical training institute but had a peculiar request.
By Amos Kareithi 1 month ago
How KU could have been a Russian college
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I was ready to give up power in 2017 for the sake of peace, says president
The president hosted more than 1,500 clerics at State House, where he admitted that he had considered surrendering the presidency because he did not want more bloodshed.
By Amos Kareithi 1 month ago
I was ready to give up power in 2017 for the sake of peace, says president
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When typewriting was an essential skill in civil service
The departmental heads in government were so influential in career progression, they had powers to set special exams and administer them to their juniors.
By Amos Kareithi 1 month ago
When typewriting was an essential skill in civil service
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Lumumba's 1960 execution, burial of his tooth in 2022
The gory killing of Lumumba took place on November 25, 1960
By Amos Kareithi 1 month ago
Lumumba's 1960 execution, burial of his tooth in 2022
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When children were recognised as unionisable workers
Justice Cockar said women should be paid the same wages as men if they were doing the same kind of work.
By Amos Kareithi 1 month ago
When children were recognised as unionisable workers
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In 1963, Kenya had only two million voters, six parties
All the political parties that participated in the 1963 General Election are dead except Kanu, whose rule ended in 2002. 
By Amos Kareithi 1 month ago
In 1963, Kenya had only two million voters, six parties
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Kenya's failed dreams of setting up an 'opium empire'
The original plan however to transform Kenya into one big bhangi-growing country was proposed 120 years ago by an enterprising journalist turned prospector and land dealer, Ernest Gedge.
By Amos Kareithi 2 months ago
Kenya's failed dreams of setting up an 'opium empire'
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Marvels of scheduled travelling gave Kisumu fame
The city has lost its fame as the main inland terminal for the Kenya-Uganda railway which earned the town its original name, Port Florence.
By Amos Kareithi 2 months ago
Marvels of scheduled travelling gave Kisumu fame
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When the government owned all watches, radios and elections
At the height of the single-party system, veteran politician, Kimani Wanyoike tested Kanu's resolve when he presented his papers against Nyandarua DC's counsel.
By Amos Kareithi 2 months ago
When the government owned all watches, radios and elections
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How fear of debt bred crooked millionaires in civil service
The nature of civil service work demands that many take decisions or deal with matters which personally affect members of the public or their colleagues in government.
By Amos Kareithi 2 months ago
How fear of debt bred crooked millionaires in civil service
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When elections weren't secret and State held all cards
Elections were organised by bureaucrats and it was a public affair that the key supporters and campaigners were published in a government newspaper.
By Amos Kareithi 2 months ago
When elections weren't secret and State held all cards
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Gema delegates 'crawled' from Elwak to vote for Kihika
To beat his rival Waruru Kanja, Kihika Kimani hid bogus delegates recruited from the streets of Nairobi in a hotel in Nanyuki.
By Amos Kareithi 2 months ago
Gema delegates 'crawled' from Elwak to vote for Kihika
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How colonial military tried to control soldiers' sex drive
King's African Rifles commanders established camouflaged military brothels in schools, Public Works Department staff quarters, European hotels and even a cemetery.
By Amos Kareithi 2 months ago
How colonial military tried to control soldiers' sex drive
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When the witty and wiry carry the day in campaigns
The carnival is about to start. In less than a month, the official campaign will start and Kenyans will be treated to the good, bad, and ugly side of politics. 
By Amos Kareithi 2 months ago
When the witty and wiry carry the day in campaigns
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Kenya's golden age when a bag of maize retailed at Sh27
Maize has not always been the country’s staple since it started being grown on a large scale in 1919.
By Amos Kareithi 2 months ago
Kenya's golden age when a bag of maize retailed at Sh27
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Samuel Wanjiru: 11-year puzzle and a mother's tears
Samuel Wanjiru was declared dead after his body was collected from his compound in Nyahururu. He had an altercation with his wife who found him in their bed with another woman.
By Amos Kareithi 3 months ago
Samuel Wanjiru: 11-year puzzle and a mother's tears
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When Jaramogi's KPU was banned and assets seized
There were times when any political party that angered the government was proscribed and its property taken over by the State.
By Amos Kareithi 3 months ago
When Jaramogi's KPU was banned and assets seized
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When Kenyans could not dream of university education
Parents' school admission today are pale in comparison with the miseries Kenyans went through as the first republic was midwifed 66 years ago.
By Amos Kareithi 3 months ago
When Kenyans could not dream of university education
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How ministers tricked their way into campaign funds
A peek into Kenya's past shows politicians have always been hungering to use taxpayers to fund their campaigns.
By Amos Kareithi 3 months ago
How ministers tricked their way into campaign funds
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Chief who used witchcraft to save people from smallpox
More than 120 years ago, Kenya did not exist as we know it today. This geographical area then was just patchwork of different communities who lived in secluded enclaves.
By Amos Kareithi 3 months ago
Chief who used witchcraft to save people from smallpox
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House that was Kenya's cradle of democracy goes down
The nondescript Desai House with all its history and memorabilia must give way to modern city flats.
By Amos Kareithi 3 months ago
House that was Kenya's cradle of democracy goes down
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When land in Nairobi was sold for cents per square foot
Imagine owning a slice of Nairobi’s Industrial Area just next to the road for a mere Sh1,830?
By Amos Kareithi 3 months ago
When land in Nairobi was sold for cents per square foot
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Dedan Kimathi varsity built 'over the body' of a racist
Johnston Rex declared the university could only be constructed on his land over ‘his dead body', not knowing that the winds of change had blown in Kenya sweeping colonial administration.
By Amos Kareithi 3 months ago
Dedan Kimathi varsity built 'over the body' of a racist
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The university that was built over the dead body of a racist
The supremacist, Johnston Rex Ronald Hope declared that the proposed institute could only be constructed on his land over ‘his dead body.'
By Amos Kareithi 3 months ago
The university that was built over the dead body of a racist
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The day a senior police officer wept profusely in front of Jomo Kenyatta
Henderson will be remembered as the officer who led the manhunt for freedom fighter Dedan Kimathi, earning himself the King George medal for bravery.
By Amos Kareithi 3 months ago
The day a senior police officer wept profusely in front of Jomo Kenyatta
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Kibaki's MD job and Karume's free beer that never was
The evening was long and dreadful. The looming night promised to be more dreary. A cold dark one-bedroom house in Nairobi West waited for Mwai Kibaki.
By Amos Kareithi 3 months ago
Kibaki's MD job and Karume's free beer that never was
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The Kibaki Cabinet list that split Raila and Oburu
According to Oburu, Kibaki had not been fair in sharing out the Cabinet positions because despite LDP having 54 MPs in the election against Narc's 125.
By Amos Kareithi 3 months ago
The Kibaki Cabinet list that split Raila and Oburu
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Some 117 years ago, only two Africans owned guns
But one of colonial chief, Wambugu Wa Mathangani had intimate knowledge of guns. In fact, he was legally permitted to own one.
By Amos Kareithi 3 months ago
Some 117 years ago, only two Africans owned guns
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The day Kalonzo hid in Saitoti's office to evade prison
To avoid being hauled to jail, the smooth-talking Kalonzo ran to the office of the Vice President, George Saitoti for refuge.
By Amos Kareithi 3 months ago
The day Kalonzo hid in Saitoti's office to evade prison
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The beguiling politician who only struck at the opportune time
In 1961, Kibaki, 30, was bought a car by Kanu. There were attempts to link Kibaki to 1982 attempted coup.
By Amos Kareithi 3 months ago
The beguiling politician who only struck at the opportune time
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Inside Mzee Moi, Kibaki's striking political chemistry
Those close to the two say they can't remember President Moi using harsh words against Kibaki. Likewise, Kibaki was civil and did not attack his former boss
By Amos Kareithi 3 months ago
Inside Mzee Moi, Kibaki's striking political chemistry
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Jomo's lucky escape on dark day of prison knife attack
How could a teenager break out of a heavily guarded detention camp, navigate through hundreds of kilometers in a wilderness infested with blood thirsty lions?
By Amos Kareithi 3 months ago
Jomo's lucky escape on dark day of prison knife attack
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When colonial regime banned mtumba clothes in Kenya
Before second-hand clothes became the country's unofficial uniform, local tailors and farmers could be trusted to cover the country’s collective nakedness.
By Amos Kareithi 3 months ago
When colonial regime banned mtumba clothes in Kenya
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How the man-eating lions of Tsavo devoured 135 people
Some of the accounts given by people who survived the claws of the Man-Eating Lions of Tsavo are simply dumbfounding. 
By Amos Kareithi 3 months ago
How the man-eating lions of Tsavo devoured 135 people
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How a powerful group frustrated Odinga's efforts to meet Kenyatta
Thrice, State House appointments were made for the two friends to meet. But a cabal of powerful leaders protected by influential Attorney General Charles Mugane Njonjo thwarted these plans.
By Amos Kareithi 3 months ago
How a powerful group frustrated Odinga's efforts to meet Kenyatta
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34 years later, the return of Ngengi Muigai
He is seeking the Gatundu parliamentary seat on Jubilee ticket in the August polls. The last time Ngengi represented the people of Gatundu was in 1988.
By Amos Kareithi 3 months ago
34 years later, the return of Ngengi Muigai
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The day police drained Ngong River to nail a murderer
How can a herd of a thousand cows of bleating goats and cows disappear into the thin air following a raid staged in broad daylight?
By Amos Kareithi 4 months ago
The day police drained Ngong River to nail a murderer
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