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Inside Idi Amini secret house in kenya intact to date


Inside Kiamachimbi Police Station in Mathira Nyeri County, lies an old wooden structure that has stood the test of time for the last seventy years.

Though holding itself to the ground, the structure has a clear depiction of age, a clear indication that it has been standing for a considerably long time.

What is not known by many is that this was once home to one of the world’s most dreaded leaders who ruled Uganda with a fist and fury, leaving behind a bloody historical trail of murders

Mzee Ndirangu Macharia who has been a neighbour to the station since birth is one of the few remaining locals who can give an account of the exact details of the old structure and how Idi Amin got to the interior part of the now Mathira Constituency in Nyeri County.

“I was a young man but I remember Idi Amin very well. He came here in 1948 as a member of the second battalion of the Kenya African Rifles operating under the British colonial masters,” Mzee Ndirangu told

Although built of wood, Ndirangu explains the great care that was taken to ensure that the house lasted for as long as it could.

During the stay at Kiamachimbi where Amin had been deployed after the World War II, Amin was apparently no different from what later manifested in him, constantly leading attacks on the locals who vehemently resisted the colonial British masters.

How the Kenya African Rifles under Idi Amin gained ownership of the structure is also a puzzle; Ndirangu saying that the structure was originally intended to White settler farmers who were expunged from the station on the basis of being moderates

Although the house has lived at the former colonial centre for over seventy years, administrators have always insisted on the house being left intact marking the only remaining old structure in the large compound.

Despite the dark past memories under Idi Amin and others, the locals are now calling on the national and county governments to mark the structure as a historical monument reminding them of a struggle that was eventually successful

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