Jomo Kenyatta

Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.

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Jomo military coup fears and the untold secrets of the original Gema

What you need to know:

  • Gema, though masquerading as a welfare association, had all the mannerisms of a political party.
  • While Gema was not the only tribal organisation in town, it was arguably the most powerful.


Gema, according to its long-time chairman Njenga Karume, had been founded with the blessings of Jomo. There could be some truth there. Some historians, with the hindsight of knowledge, argue that it had been founded to solidify Kenyatta’s presidency and give him a reliable base at a time that the country was going through serious political tensions. Stories of culture were just hogwash tales.

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