The House That J M Desai Built

Volume 13, Issue 1  | 
Published 21/07/2016

Gazetted in 2008, degazetted in 2016 as a national monument – the house is now threatened with demolition. Situated in Second Avenue Parklands, Nairobi, it is home to a spirited period in our long struggle for independence.  It is where, on the eve of the Lancaster House conference, African and Asian nationalist leaders met to chart out their strategies for the best way forward. It is where sympathetic members of the British Parliament stayed on their visits to colonized Kenya; and young politicians like Mwai Kibaki, Raila Odinga and Tom Mboya interacted with their elders. From Mwalimu Nyerere to Indira Gandhi, all have partaken of the hospitality of J M Desai and his wife, Sushila. Great history pervades this house.

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