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Nyayo Monument: The Italian marble that Raila Odinga vowed to demolish

 Nyayo Monument

The Nyayo Monument in Nairobi’s Central Park was erected in 1988 to mark 25 years of independence and 10 years of retired President Moi’s rule.

The two ceremonies-that cost Sh300 million — saw 10 heads of state jetting to ‘Ilovi’ (Nairobi)

A year after it was unveiled, the Central Bank of Kenya issued a new Sh100 note with the monument featuring prominently on one side.

The monument got several uses: Opposition leaders who wanted to make a political statement defaced it. Raila Odinga, then the deputy director of the 1992 elections for Ford Kenya vowed it would be demolished once Ford Kenya came to power.

The other use of the Italian marble, four-sided affair that cost Sh18 million, has been to provide a memorable photo background for Nairobians and visitors from all corners of the world.

There were other ‘Nyayo monuments’ around the country including The Nyayo Fountain at Uhuru Park that stars Kenyatta’s flywhisk crisscrossing with Moi’s ‘fimbo ya Nyayo.’

It went up to blend their two eras.

But did you know that all civil servants funded the kitty for constructing the Nyayo monument?


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