'82 COUP

I always wonder what would have been the case if the’82 AF coup had been a success. this airmen did their best.
@Jazzman hii time ulkua raiyaa ama ulikua kwa system.tupe uhondo.

Pia Yule jamaa wa KDF walete hekaya.Mama Dorothy son

we’d be one huge mess


After the 82 coup, I guess other subsequent coups would have followed, Courtesy of Agukuyu superiority complex.

A military government in Kenya. Disaster.

When rebel soldiers from the Kenya Air Force attempted to overthrow the government of then president Moi, it was very quickly apparent that the coup was not only poorly coordinated, but that the rebels were hardly prepared for it, too.

By 2a.m. on 1st August, the rebels took control of the GPO, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Wilson Airport. By 5a.m., they had seized the Central Bank of Kenya, the Voice of Kenya radio station, and other communication installations.

The rebels, who were almost entirely comprised of junior, non-commissioned officers (NCOs), took advantage of recently strained relations between the government and university students, waking up the latter at their halls of residence and rallying them for support.

Hundreds of students, some of whom later took up arms (and later suffered fatalities), came out to express their solidarity for the "August 1st Revolution”.

That early morning of Sunday, 1st August, a bus full of chanting students from the faculty of medicine made rounds in Air Force-controlled parts of Nairobi, escorted by heavily armed Air Force personnel.

Other students joined KAF rebels at the precincts of Voice of Kenya along Uhuru Highway.

Here, as the army made plans to retake vital installations, radio broadcasts calling for an end to corruption and for political detainees to be released were interspersed with reggae music.

In spite of these triumphant displays of conquest, signs that the “revolution” had turned chaotic were manifest on the very first day.

Members of the public who were initially curious turned unruly, descending on mostly Asian-owned shops and business premises to steal. Downtown Nairobi and parts of Ngara bore the brunt of wanton looting by youth, who melted away towards Mathare slums carrying stolen household goods and other wares.

The acts of lawlessness posed a challenge for the rebels, who welcomed mass support but at the same time, did not want to be associated with chaos (how ironical).

Never mind that by evening, some of the rebel soldiers had indeed turned looters themselves.

The impression that the Air Force rebels left on the streets of Nairobi was one of inadequate coordination, lack of unity in command, and confusion as to the objectives of the coup.

Yet another irony was that the coup leader, Snr. Private Ochuka, occupied the lowest rank in the military (Private), and seemed to be in command of soldiers who were one or more ranks more senior than he was.

Moi was hiding in a maize plantation through all this.

well, i didn’t see that one coming…

Babu would still be president

hehe…wahh alikua anachoma mahindi

@meria thanks for the hekaya.yenyewe ochuka alicheza game fiti.army men walimuangusha sana

What exactly does this mean? That one of the guys in the coup was now the governor ama nini?


These people!

No wonder JaKuon is lingering Statesside after the DNC. It is not nice to hear the beginning of your career as a political failure being remembered so vividly year after year.

30k, an old Peugeot 504 and use of a flat in Woodley was supposed to motivate a lowly Private to grab power and give it to the Odingas?