The Richest man in Muranga owned a whole location to himself.
The term riches in our current times refers to having a property, cars, a good job, or a flashy lifestyle, but the richest man in Muranga County supersedes all that. Chief Njiiri wa Karanja had more than what any human could ever want apart from nine lives!
During the pre-colonial rule, communal ownership of land mostly prevailed in the Kikuyu region. But once the British came into play all productive kand was grabbed from the natives. Chief Njiiri wa Karanja was among the few Kenyans in those days who lived a comfortable life. The richest man in Muranga also had a horse.
Richest Man In Murang’a.
His fame and goodwill with the British government came with a hefty basket full of goodies. He had 5,000 goats,4,000 sheep, 2,000 cattle herds, and other livestock brought to him by his daughters brought during their dowry. His livestock, his prestige.
He had 43 wives and almost 20 football teams “by estimate”. Chief Njiiri wa Karanja never experienced formal education but he made sure that all his children went to school. In one instance in the 1950s his grandchildren went to school driven by a landrover. Can you imagine! This was before we gained independence.
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Two soldiers placed on the gate, heavily guarded his compound. Others carried his fold-able chair, others read to him a newspaper”East African Standard” delivered by a helicopter every morning. He hoisted the British Flag in his compound. This earned him recognition by the Queen who paid him a courtesy call in 1957 and later became a member of the British Empire. His legacy remains famous for the early inhibitors of murang’a. Most people remember him till now for his wealth.