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Word That Gave Moi Sleepless Nights

Koigi wa Wamwere was born on 18 December 1949 in the altruistic and exemplary climate of Rugongo, strategically located in the heart of Nakuru county.

He is a Kenyan politician, human rights activist, journalist and writer. Koigi became famous for opposing both the Jomo Kenyatta and Daniel arap Moi regimes, both of which sent him to detention.

Koigi wa Wamwere in the company of his close allies made headlines on the month of November 1993 after the then Kenyan government, under the stewardship of Kenya's second president, the late Daniel Toroitch arap Moi accused them of allegedly raiding the eminent Bahati Police Station, located in the heart of Nakuru and earlier purportedly forming a political party in the quest to overthrow government of Daniel arap Moi.

While speaking to a one of the kenyan media station, Koigi was Wamwere articulated that the party that government alleged they had formed was URA (United Resistance Army).

URA in Kikuyu language literally means get lost or move. It was one of the myriad ways touts instructed drivers to do when their vehicles were full of passengers to let others pick customers.

Koigi went on to reveal that the word shook Moi and his entire government simply because they held the bamboozling tenet that Koigi and his team were planning to overthrow him which was not the case.

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