Miraa: How the green gold of Meru became Nairobi’s pastime

Miraa farmer Andrew Ngare

Farmer Andrew Ngare from Mbeere Constituency, Meru County, prepares his miraa for sale in downtown Nairobi in this picture taken on August 2, 2018. 

Photo credit: Kanyiri Wahito | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • Gone are the days when the twigs were associated with young, sheng-speaking, bhang-smoking, functional alcoholics with unkempt hair and sagging trousers seated in rat-infested back streets.

On July 10 last year, we woke up to the surprising news that it would be an offence for police officers working in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s security detail to chew muguka or miraa.


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