2/41 With rumours of war mounting in Europe in the late 1930s, the Kenya Regiment was founded. It was meant to provide, in case war broke out, a supply of white military officers to lead the growing number of African soldiers in the King’s African Rifles (KAR).
3/41 So when WW2 broke out in Europe in 1939, all British men in Kenya aged between 18 and 35 were called up to join the Regiment. At the time, Kenya had a German population of about 700.
2/17 The original inhabitants of Kikuyu-land, it is said, were the Thagicu, who practised iron-working, herded cattle and sheep and goats, and hunted. The similarity in name between Thagicu and Gikuyu would suggest that they were in fact the Agîkûyû’s earliest...
3/17 ...known ancestors, if not their primary lineage.
2/ During the pre-colonial times, Somalis were just about the only indigenous community with the experience and mastery of handling horses.
3/ In fact, Ret. US President Roosevelt tagged a platoon of Somalis (he called them 'native Mohammedanis') along with him in his post-presidential retirement hunting trip to East Africa. He wrote about the Cushitic community and how they related with other communities at Juja...
2/ Investigators and government officials at the spot where Dr Ouko’s remains were discovered at the foot of Got Alila. This was about three kilometres from the late minister's Koru home where a herdsboy stumbled on the remains, three days after the former foreign affairs...
3/ ...minister had gone missing on the night of February 1990.
2/ As cabinet minister Tom Mboya strode out of Chhani’s Pharmacy along Victoria Street, Nairobi, on the early afternoon of 5th July 1969, the bustling din of Victoria Street was suddenly interrupted by the sound of gunshots.
3/ Seconds later, the politician lay unconscious, bleeding profusely from his chest. The assassin, who later turned out to be a Mûgîkûyû, Nahashon Isaac Njenga, quickly disappeared amidst the confusion, having pumped two bullets into Mboya’s chest.
2/35 This is the scene from the peace discussions between the Nandi and the British after the October 1905 killing of Koitalel arap Samoei, the Orkoiyot of the Nandi. The Nandi escarpment can be seen in the background.
3/35 "A tall spare man of about 40, who had bloodshot and weary eyes in a long intelligent face, and pierced earlobes that brushed his shoulders".
2/ In November 1895, the acting commander of Fort Smith (Kikuyu), Thomas Gilkison, dispatched a food caravan of some 1,150 men to Ravine. The men were to replenish supplies needed by the advance railway survey team.
3/ The caravan consisted of about 1,000 Agïküyü porters and 150 swahilis, fifty of them armed with rifles. In those days, for a caravan of that size, a European was expected to be leader.