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Kenyatta collapsed in a toilet, called male Ministers ‘father and mother’

President once executed an upper cut on a State House waiter who spilled soup on his suit By GW Ngari Editor-at-Large @UndercoverKe The President introduced two male Cabinet colleagues as “my father and mother” to visiting diplomats at State House Nakuru. That was one of many red flags President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta was losing his […]

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Kiambu couple: Here is the life of ill-fated lovers in pictures!

Acid-tempered spares parts dealer Jonathan Mukundi had made up his mind. Both he and estranged wife Philomena Njeri were going to die that Monday night   By Shifaa Mwihaki Feature writer/Essayist Friends and family say spare parts dealer Jonathan Mukundi and wife Philomena Njeri were star-crossed lovers, ill fated for each other despite open displays […]

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Hezekiah Ochuka: ‘Kenya’s President for six hours’ planned to bomb State House, control Central Bank!

 The mastermind of the August 1, 1982 coup attempt hailed from a village of coup plotters in Luo Nyanza By GW Ngari Editor-at-Large @UndercoverKe He was just 26 when Kenyan men are drinking low-life spirits, placing soccer bets. But at that age, Hezekiah Ochuka, a Senior Private in the Kenya Air Force, the second lowest […]

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JM Kariuki: Playboy lover of President Kenyatta’s daughter

Wealthy politician and Margaret Kenyatta were also partners in crime By GW Ngari Editor-at-Large Josiah Mwangi Kariuki, who was assassinated 46 years ago this week, was known for many things: fabulous wealth, financial generosity and populist ‘hustler’ politics. But kept under wraps was that the MP for Nyandarua North was a playboy with a long-running […]

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Who changes Jomo Kenyatta’s underwear at the Mausoleum?

Founding President has to look good when his family checks on him inside Parliament grounds By Mbatia wa Njambi Visiting Thinker @UndercoverKe Someone changes the suit worn by founding President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta in readiness for his annual memorials marked this week. Iron his shirt, adjust tie, tighten belt, shampoo the fly-whisk, comb his hair, […]

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Tom Mboya: Best Man ordered his killer’s hanging…without prayers, last meal

Only three people in Kenya knew of assassin Nahashon Njenga’s execution By GW Ngari Editor-at-Large Tom Mboya, the nationalist politician, was assassinated this week and later buried in an emotional ceremony on July 14, 1969.  Nahashon Isaac Njenga Njoroge was found guilty of shooting Mboya’s 39 year old body, after a trial that left more […]