Several government entities have occupied Nyayo House, including the immigration department and media outlets. It stands towering in the middle of the busy Nairobi metropolis. But few people are aware of the mysterious riddles from the terrible Nyayo era that this building conceals.
Its lowest floor has torture chambers that were used to torture anyone who opposed president Moi's government. After a failed coup attempt by a group of Kenyan air force officers led by senior private Ochuka, Nyayo House was built to aid mzee Moi in his efforts to consolidate power.
Senior government officials and well-known personalities sadly suffered at the hands of the ruthless residents of Nyayo House. Raila Odinga was among those who go through hell on earth due to cruel treatment and was also detained for six years without being put on trial. The others include Koigi wa Wamwere and a large number of other military officers who were degraded following the coup.
The torturers at the house were steadfast in their determination to use all means necessary to persuade their victims to give their consent to crimes that some of them did not even commit. They used brutal, lethal, and occasionally fatal techniques.
1. Physical abuse was meted out to the victims after they had been stripped naked.
2. Filling their cells with chilly water and dust.
3. Slashing the taken victims with electric blades.
4. Enabling the victims to endure such protracted standing while also allowing them to go for days without food or water.
5. Forcing the victims to endure prolonged, intense staring at lightbulbs, was bad for their eyes.
These and other degrading methods were used. However, the National Rainbow Coalition (NARC) established the multiparty democracy by toppling the Moi-led Kenya African National Union (KANU) administration, putting an end to the cruel actions that were previously committed at Nyayo House.
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