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After Kinoo, westwards along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway is a place called Karûri. It was named after Agîkûyû chief Karûri wa Gakure, who actually hailed from Kangema in present-day Murang'a county.
Chief Karûri made trading trips from his village, trudging with his caravan along the edge of the Aberdares towards Kikuyu mostly, and at times Kijabe and Naivasha.
Interestingly, Field Marshal Mbaria Kaniu followed the same route from Kangema to lead the #MauMau massacre at Lari.
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1954: Clad in hospital fatigues, Warûhiû Itote, a.k.a. General China is frogmarched to court to begin trial for his involvement in #MauMau.

He had been given time to recuperate after being shot in the neck. In the next pic... the courtroom scene. Gen. China is seated on the dock, second from left, sandwiched between two askaris.
Finally, these three elders were the assessors in Gen. China’s case. Their work was to serve as Jury.
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1/48 A #HistoryKeThread pictorial journey through #VintageNairobi.
2/48 1899: An early photo of Nairobi as a tent city.
3/48 1909: A market scene in the fast growing town.
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1/ #HistoryKeThread: This is a photo of #MauMau Gen. China aka Warûhiû Itote (below) being escorted to court after his capture by colonialists.
2/ Moments earlier, he had been receiving medical treatment. During the operation that led to his capture, Warûhiû was shot and suffered bullet wounds in the neck.
3/ Born in 1921, Gen. China served in Burma during WWII and was retired as a corporal. When the emergency was declared in Kenya, Gen. China retreated to the forests of mount Kenya.
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