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Why Jomo Kenyatta's office was situated on the second floor of Harambee House

Ouru David
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Jomo Kenyatta and his son, Uhuru Kenyatta. [Photo/]

In his 2009 memoirs-Walking in Kenyatta Struggles, Mr Duncan Ndegwa brings out things Jomo Kenyatta feared in his daily life. 

Despite having traveled abroad, Mr. Ndegwa brings out the first president as someone who was not into western culture.

"But did you know that Kenyatta hated, not only flying on planes but also the sound of croaking frogs and crickets, as well as using lifts?" stated Mr. Ndegwa.

He says that Harambee House was where the Office of the President, Jomo Kenyatta, was situated despite the fact that it was meant to house the Ministry of Works after its completion. 

During that time when Harambee Avenue was Coronation Second Avenue, the imperialists handed over the government to Kenyatta outside Harambee House. 

Kenyatta was then Prime Minister and independence was six months away.

 However, due to his fear of lifts, Jomo Kenyatta demanded that his office be on the second floor of Harambee House - against advice from security experts. 

Surprisingly, the reason behind this was so that he could take the stairs and avoid the VIP lift, recounted Mr. Ndegwa.

"All this happened  despite the fact that he had lived abroad for 15 years and was quite Westernised in his outlook and speech." added Mr. Ndegwa.


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