Tanzanian cardinal set to officiate beatification
Pope Francis has delegated Archbishop of Dar es Salaam Polycarp Cardinal Pengo to decree the beautification of Sister Irene “Nyaatha” Stefani at the Dedan Kimathi University grounds on Saturday, May 23.
By Joseph Karimi 8 years ago
Tanzanian cardinal set to officiate beatification
How man survived 13 days after deadly fall on Mt Kenya
Two young Austrian mountain climbers, Gurd Judmaier and his colleague Koni, set out to tackle Nelion, one of Mt Kenya peaks.
By Joseph Karimi 9 years ago
How man survived 13 days after deadly fall on Mt Kenya
Austrians sponsor training of rescue team
Austria sponsored the training of the Mt Kenya Rescue team after the rescue of Gurd Judmaier from the 80-feet deep chasm.
By Joseph Karimi 9 years ago
Austrians sponsor training of rescue team
Religious fanatics near brush with death in the name of God
Sergeant Duncan Newton Karinga, said they have not experienced any serious accident like Gurd Judmaier’s case, but cited the December 1979 incident of the Meru zealot Ephraim M’Ikiara, who had gone up the mountain to pray.
By Joseph Karimi 9 years ago
Religious fanatics near brush with death in the name of God
Distress as old man commits suicide for lack of grandchild
Thuo decided to take his life away because his eldest son was approaching 40 and had not married
By JOSEPH KARIMI 10 years ago
Distress as old man commits suicide for lack of grandchild
Daring robbers steal police car to ferry their loot
Armed robberies had become daily occurrences in Nairobi in the 1970s. Robbers had taken centre stage and turned Nairobi into a gangland city.
By Joseph Karimi 10 years ago
Daring robbers steal police car to ferry their loot
End of terror as goon is killed by his sister
For several years, Tetu District in Nyeri had remained a crime prone area. The notorious Muchechi gangsters had imposed a night curfew, reigning terror round the clock.
By JOSEPH KARIMI 10 years ago
End of terror as goon is killed by his sister
How the first coronation safari in honour of Queen Elizabeth went on
To celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth on June 2, 1953 at the Westminster Abbey, a small group of local European motor sport enthusiasts organised the first motor rally dubbed ‘The Coronation Safari’ to become the precursor of the world famous motor sport; the Safari Rally.
By Joseph Karimi 10 years ago
How the first coronation safari in honour of Queen Elizabeth went on
Journalist’s first visit to Nyanza for a fundraiser
My news editor assigned me to cover an event on February 21 in Bondo town, Siaya District where the MP for Nyandarua Mr JM Kariuki was chief guest at a harambee.
By Joseph Karimi 10 years ago
Journalist’s first visit to Nyanza for a fundraiser
How a mason squandered his fortune in 37 months
Kenyans’ need for money is very high and they would not pass an opportunity to make a quick buck. This was the same case in the 1960s when raffle draws were popular in the country.
By Joseph Karimi 10 years ago
How a mason squandered his fortune in 37 months
The Meru zealot who ascended Mt Kenya barefooted
While mountain climbing is viewed by some as sport or simply leisure, a Meru preacher set out to climb Mount Kenya for a different mission.
By Joseph Karimi 10 years ago
The Meru zealot who ascended Mt Kenya barefooted
Pre-independent pioneers of roasting savoury mutton
Kenyans are truly a meat loving people. Even before independence, meat was at the top of Kenyan food. Way back in 1950, my father used to send me to buy meat from the Igatiro, the local butchery at Ruring’u, on the periphery of Nyeri town.
By Joseph Karimi 10 years ago
Pre-independent pioneers of roasting savoury mutton
‘Black gold’ trade that turned Kenyans into millionaires
Under the cover of darkness, Kenyan traders rolled in money, thanks to Ugandan ‘black gold’. Hundreds of Nairobi and Mombasa business tycoons invaded Kisumu town in 1976 to scramble for a share of Uganda’s coffee smuggled via Lake Victoria in small boats.
By Joseph Karimi 10 years ago
‘Black gold’ trade that turned Kenyans into millionaires
Town where settlers banned female donkeys
Stephen Nderitu, a donkey cart operator in Nanyuki town, has been in the business for the last ten years. He has never dared bring a female donkey to town.
By By JOSEPH KARIMI 10 years ago
Town where settlers banned female donkeys
Vintage rover that ferried the princess
Memories of Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Kenya in 1952 live on
By By JOSEPH KARIMI 10 years ago
Vintage rover that ferried the princess
When religious beliefs and teachings led to crime
Kenyans are fervently religious. So much that serious crimes, including theft and murder, have been committed in the name of God or other deities.
By Joseph Karimi 10 years ago
When religious beliefs and teachings led to crime
Fear and panic as Mau Mau faithful slay chief Nderi
On Saturday October 26 this year, a group of people gathered at Karia Catholic Church in Nyeri County to remember a man murdered by Mau Mau on October 22, 1952.
By BY JOSEPH KARIMI 10 years ago
Fear and panic as Mau Mau faithful slay chief Nderi
Day Kenyatta ordered colonial names removed
On Friday, October 24 1969, the late President Jomo Kenyatta toured Western Province to familiarise himself with the development in the province.
By BY JOSEPH KARIMI 10 years ago
Day Kenyatta ordered colonial names removed
When Special Branch trailed journalist over Koigi witness
During the morning hours of July 17 1991, my Group Managing Editor came to my desk and asked me to follow him to his office immediately. He wore a stern face and I had a foreboding that all was not well.
By BY JOSEPH KARIMI 10 years ago
When Special Branch trailed journalist over Koigi witness
A solar eclipse and fears of an apocalypse
Though tourists visited Kenya to witness a total solar eclipse, some people thought it heralded the end of the world
By BY JOSEPH KARIMI 10 years ago
A solar eclipse and fears of an apocalypse
Witness recalls the 1969 Kisumu massacre that marked Jomo Kenyatta’s visit
Four months after the assassination of Tom Mboya outside a Nairobi pharmacy on July 5,1969, President Jomo Kenyatta made a two-day historic official tour of Western and Nyanza provinces to familiarise himself with the development projects.
By Joseph Karimi 10 years ago
Witness recalls the 1969 Kisumu massacre that marked Jomo Kenyatta’s visit
Casual CHAT with Kenyatta that scared secretary
A telephone call that came through to a district officer’s office in Thika changed her life forever
By By Joseph Karimi 10 years ago
Casual CHAT with Kenyatta  that scared secretary
Stone comes in handy where bullets failed
Gangster appeared to be taunting police with his escapades, but was killed when few expected
By Joseph Karimi 10 years ago
Stone comes in handy where bullets failed
Stone comes in handy where bullets failed
The 1971 mid-morning battle in Uhuru Estate between armed robbers and police was a stunning scene that brought insecurity right to the doorsteps of residents of Nairobi’s Eastlands.
By By JOSEPH KARIMI 10 years ago
Stone comes in handy where bullets failed
Powerful disciplinary committee that terrorised leaders
So influential was the Kanu team that it ruined careers and ignored protection accorded to MPs by law.
By By JOSEPH KARIMI 10 years ago
Powerful disciplinary committee that terrorised leaders
Chiefs the little village tyrants who just won’t go away
Chiefs were a symbol of authority and lorded over villagers with an iron fist, confiscating chicken and torturing law breakers.
By By Joseph Karimi 10 years ago
Chiefs the little village tyrants who just won’t go away
How provincial administration was used to rig elections
On September 19, 1988, Mwai Kibaki demonstrated that despite his calm, laid back demeanor, he too could get angry.
By By JOSEPH KARIMI 10 years ago
How provincial administration was used to rig elections
How Mau Mau war interrupted learning for African children
Schooling during the State of Emergency was no walk in the park, as Joseph Karimi recalls.
By By Joseph Karimi 10 years ago
How Mau Mau war interrupted learning for African children
Harambee: A tale of bees, greed and corruption
While the harambee spirit introduced by Jomo Kenyatta helped to pool resources, it was also abused by those in power to enrich themselves.
By By JOSEPH KARIMI 10 years ago
Harambee: A tale of bees, greed and corruption
Efforts to end corruption in harambees
Harambee, although a noble concept, was turned into a tool for settling political scores. Sometime in 1970, a politician from Nyeri was invited to preside over a harambee in Muhoya’s Location, Tetu. The host project committee had bought a huge he-goat at Sh200 to be presented to the guest of honour.
By By JOSEPH KARIMI 10 years ago
Efforts to end corruption in harambees
Long walk to school for African children
Joseph Karimi recalls school days during the colonial period when different races could not mix but attended institutions that practiced ‘colour bar’.
By By JOSEPH KARIMI 10 years ago
Long walk to school for African children
Intrigues behind Jomo Kenyatta’s succession
There were a lot of intrigues during President Jomo Kenyatta’s sunset days. A heart specialist flown in from South Africa had given Mzee Kenyatta two years to live and by extension created the scramble for his succession battle in 1976.
By Joseph Karimi 10 years ago
Intrigues behind Jomo Kenyatta’s succession
National shock as Kenyatta takes final bow
The President was sickly with reported heart problems and had suffered a mild stroke, he went into a coma several times before he succumbed.
By By JOSEPH KARIMI 10 years ago
National shock as Kenyatta takes final bow
Day President Kenyatta sought death sentence for violent robbers
Bank heists became so common in the early 1970s that President Kenyatta sought the death sentence for violent robbers
By Joseph Karimi 10 years ago
Day President Kenyatta sought death sentence for violent robbers
Big hassle for scribes in days past
In the 1960s, handwritten news articles would be sent to Nairobi by bus
By Joseph Karimi 10 years ago
Big hassle for scribes in days past
Unspoken struggle of bedwetting as an adult
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