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The High Court has barred former Gatundu North MP Kariuki Muiruri from his land in Thika

The High Court has barred former Gatundu North MP Kariuki Muiruri from accessing a 17-acre parcel of land in Thika which is the subject of a protracted legal battle. Thika Environment and Land Court Judge L. Gacheru issued an injunction restraining Muiruri, his agents, and workers from developing, leasing, transferring or dealing in any way…

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Discover the Kenyan grain silos that have not been used for 40 years built with technology from Cyprus

Some 70 grain storage facilities have been sitting idle at National Cereals and Produce Board depots since the early 1980s. According to information from NCPB, the grain storage technology is old and obsolete and is believed to have originated from Cyprus. There are 30 such stores in Nakuru and 40 in Kitale. NCPB corporate communications…

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Area Code – Buru Buru, The Commonwealth model estate

In the early ’80s, Buru Buru was an enviable middle-class estate in Nairobi, where many people wished to live, and those already living there were proud to be associated with. The estate was characterised by beautifully lined white maisonettes with orange brick tiles housed in sizable compounds designed in courts, with each compound having a…

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Area Code – Shauri Moyo Estate, Eastlands, Nairobi

It is a land that has produced greatest leaders in Kenya’s history was the main settlement for British American Tobacco workers and was also a resting place for European’s horses during the colonial days. Sensational rumba artist Daudi Kabaka also wrote a song about the slum Shauri Moyo.   Shauri Moyo is one of Nairobi’s…

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How a Mkokoteni gift from ‘Safaricom Nawe Kila Wakati’ saved this man’s life and gave him hope for the future

Have you ever taken a ride on a mkokoteni? It’s the most thrilling adventure on earth. My mum had a stall in Ngara market. She’d wake up early every day and get the older siblings up and ready. My dad, too, would be up banging away on his typewriter, At exactly 5:30 am on most…

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Area Code – Ofafa Jericho Estate, Eastlands Nairobi

The City of Nairobi owes its development to the Kenya to Uganda Railway project, initiated by the colonialists in 1896. The railway ran from the coastal town of Mombasa to Kenya’s neighbor country Uganda. The town was then demarcated around 1905 through racial segregation and land was designated to different races; the Europeans, Indians, and Africans. Africans, who were mainly…

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Area Code – Makongeni Estate, Nairobi, strictly bachelors only

Many things happened in 1937, two years to the end of World War I in which over 44, 000 Kenyans died while serving as career corps. In England for instance, the coronation of George VI at Westminster Abbey meant Kenya as a colony was also ruled him. Among the changes taking place in the country…

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Area Code – The River Estate, home to the tallest apartment in Kenya

Construction works on Nairobi’s tallest apartment in Kenya commenced last year after Chinese billionaire Zeyun Yang launched the development. “This iconic project is bound to change the Nairobi skyline as it will be the first project of its magnitude in East and Central Africa; that will give its residents access to the beautiful panoramic views…

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How Ngei Estate completely eliminated insecurity

If you do not feel safe, no matter where you live, you will not be a happy tenant. Even if you live in a leafy neighbourhood that has running water all day-long, has a sewerage system that works, or is near amenities such as schools, hospitals and one-stop malls, if you do not feel secure…

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You will be amused to learn how Nairobi estates acquired their names

What started off as one name sometimes became twisted or lost in translation. But soon, as the town’s population grew, so did the names stick till the post-independence era Here are some of them:   1. Roysambu – Roysambu is a estate located along the Thika Superhighway. It was known as Royal Suburbs during the colonial…

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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 – Mukuru Kwa Njenga, where wheelbarrow is night ambulance

The Mukuru Kwa Njenga slums in Nairobi, Kenya are made up of several informal areas southeast of the city centre. This one is called “Riara”. Added together, the slums have a population totaling over 120,000, a medium-sized city in its own right, with poor services, stolen electricity, and mounds of rubbish in the streets. The…

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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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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 – 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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Here are the cheapest estates as well as the most expensive to rent or buy

Nairobi’s Gigiri suburb is home to the most expensive houses in the capital as Kitengela emerged as the least expensive neighbourhood. A new survey shows while also indicating that on average, property prices fell for the first time in over a decade. On average, homes cost about Sh119.3 million in Gigiri, which neighbours the United…

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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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