The land on which the Mukuru slum now exists was once held by Jack Reuben, a British Army combat veteran who had returned from World War I.
He was given the large piece of land on which he planted sisal and created a facility for his haulage company, Reuben Haulage Empire, because of his distinguished service during the war.
To ensure the efficient operation of his businesses, he built a labor camp on his land to house all of his native workers and their families.
Reuben fled Kenya after independence, and this workforce of indigenous, without jobs or homes, decided to occupy this area, naming it Mukuru Kwa Reuben.
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