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BBI Report Summary – Proposed Constitutional Changes

Chapter Two of the Constitution  on formative aspects of the Republic to address regional integration, cohesion, shared prosperity and the centrality of the economy. This is in order to harness regional trade, investment and people-to-people links to increase Kenya’s prosperity, opportunities for investment and enhance  security.   Chapter Three on Citizenship to strengthen the national ethos…

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Mungiki like gang is harassing traders at Tassia

A concerned resident of Tassia Estate in Embakasi has raised an alarm over a gang that is similar to the Mungiki sect that has been harassing traders in the area. The gang demands for protection fee from small traders around the area and if you don’t comply, they threaten to kill you. This guy reveals…

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Area Code – Embakasi Village formerly“Satan’s Paradise”

Embakasi Village started off in the 1950s as the location of the infamous Embakasi Prison, nicknamed “Satan’s Paradise”, one of the most notorious prisons during the State of Emergency imposed by the British Colonial government at the time. The mau mau suspects detained in this Prison were forced to construct Embakasi Airport between 1954 and…

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Area Code – Fedha Estate Embakasi, Nairobi

Fedha Estate is one of the fast growing hoods along Outering Road viewed by residents of neighbouring estates as one housing the better off members of the society. Other hoods around here that also rise above, in status, the neighbouring “high rise slum” Pipeline and Mukuru are Tassia and Avenue Park estates, all closely hurdled…

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Area Code – Donholm Estate, Eastlands, Nairobi

Donholm Estate is the oldest amongst Umoja, Kayole, Greenfields, Savannah , Bururburu and Tena all along Outer Ring Road. The residential houses project began in the 1980’s and however the vast property development initiated much much earlier by James Kerr Waston, a white settler who christened it Donholm in the early 1900’s. The estate was…

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How Zimmerman, Donholm and other Nairobi estates got their unique and sometimes funny names

There exists numerous fairy tales behind  names of a majority of estates in Nairobi are shrouded in mystery, speculation, while others have a fascinating history. With mystery, it remains to be known the meaning of names such as Buruburu, Kariobangi, Dandora, and Githurai. Others are a product of speculation and include names such as Dagoretti…

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If you have rented a premises or house built on Railway land it maybe demolished like it happened in Nakuru

Property worth millions of shillings was destroyed early Sunday morning in Nakuru County as the Kenya Railways Corporation evicted its tenants. The evictions saw businesses stretching about 500 metres along the busy Geoffrey Kamau Road demolished. The move is meant to pave way for the rehabilitation of the Nakuru-Kisumu medium meter gauge Railway and the…

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Area Code – Imara Daima Estate, Embakasi, Nairobi

Imara Daima, nestled a stone throw away from Mombasa Road, is among the organised middle class estates where demand for housing has steadily shot up following the improved infrastructure. The estate started as a gated community but private developers are currently outdoing each other scrambling for space around it to construct high-rise buildings. Imara is…

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Area Code – Umoja Estate, Eastlands, Nairobi

Built by the Nairobi City Commission in the 1970s mainly to provide housing for the growing urban population, Umoja Estate has grown to be one of Nairobi’s densely populated residential areas. Just like other housing projects by the City Council, the original occupants had to pay a given amount of money based on the type…

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Area Code – Pipeline Estate, Nairobi

For the many that have never been to Pipeline Estate in Nairobi, the houses are apartments just like any other. Poor infrastructure in the area gave birth to its improvised and jerry-rigged plumbing and electrical wiring. Often water must be ported great distances, and rudimentary methods of waste disposal pose health hazards. The muddy paths,…

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20 Ways to gauge whether you are living in a posh estate

1. When people no longer quarrel about shared electricity bill. Everybody has a metre or buys tokens. 2. When kids have nice coloured bicycles. 3. The absence of “chomelea” people walking in estates asking to chomelea plastic basins and buckets. 4. When the landlord is unknown. You only know of agents and half truths about the landlord….

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Top 7 Most Dangerous Estates Nairobi @KenyanTraffic

As the political campaigns for the upcoming General Elections heat up, such violent instances might become synonymous with the campaigning activities. In Nairobi especially, a few areas have historically been mapped out as being highly prone to politically instigated violence. We have singled out these seven Nairobian estates and slums, where political hooliganism is more…

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Top five estates where millionaires call home

They are known locally as the leafy suburbs where residents eat life with a big spoon. Living in any of the affluent neighbourhoods in the city is said to enhance one’s standing in society and result in better health and general well-being. For example, an individual’s motivation to exercise can be boosted by living in…

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Court inMurang’a has denied a woman inheritance of a dead man’s land arguing that she’s not a wife but a domestic nurse

A woman claiming to have been married to a Murang’a businessman under Gikuyu customary law has been barred from inheriting the man’s property by the High Court. Loyce Wangari Ngigi claimed to have been married to Stephen Ngigi Karwigi who died in August 2013 leaving behind a construction firm and over 40 landed properties that…

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If you thought living in a slum was hell, here are some really good things that happen there

In Kenya, most major cities have slums. Nairobi’s Kibra constituency has several slums from Soweto, Raila to Mathare, there are many advantages people here have compared to their counterparts who reside in estates. Well from an affordable lifestyle to fresh food, here are reasons why living in slums is better than estates.   Cheap labour…

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