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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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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 […]

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Kenyatta’s pistol and the Sh1.67 pending Pilsner bill

While he smuggled VAT 69 into the presidential limo, he preferred lager from the pub inside Parliament By Undercover Reporter @Undercover KE Sir Humphrey Slade was elected independent Kenya’s first Speaker of the National Assembly in February 1967. But the lawyer and ardent mountain climber was more known for his run ins with founding President […]

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Jamhuri Day: Five women gave birth at Uhuru Gardens, Kenyatta got stuck in mud!

But the most hilarious thing was that Kenyans had not been taught the words of the new national anthem By Undercover Reporter @Undercover KE Kenya attained her independence this week on December 12, 1963-when one in three citizens lived in round mud walled huts. The country had only three African lawyers and 100 telephone landlines, […]

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Tob Cohen: This 1903 letter permitted his burial at Jewish Cemetery

Famous Jews include Abraham Block, the great-great grandfather of  Kenyan  Olympic swimmers Jason and David Dunford By Shifa Mwihaki Feature writer/Essayist Slain Dutch tycoon Tob Cohen was buried at the Jewish Cemetery along Wangari Maathai Road in Nairobi’s City Park area this week. The cemetery is also part history of the Jews who began coming […]