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Memorable Events of the Decade you Probably Forgot

The decade of the 2010s is one that has gone too fast, I mean, 2010 was just the other day!

Anyway, a lot of major things have happened within the last decade that may have changed Kenya, or the world, in one way or another. They are too many that we might not write them all down.

Either way, here are some of the most memorable things that happened in Kenya, and around the world over the last decade by year.


  • January 8 – Kenya gazetted the new media law, despite being criticised by the media for limiting the freedom of the press.
  • February 14 – Prime Minister Raila Odinga suspends Minister of Agriculture William Ruto and Minister of Education Sam Ongeri alleging them on corruption.
  • June 13 – A bomb blast at the Uhuru Park in Nairobi kills six people and leaves over 100 people injured.
  • August 4 – A referendum is held on the Proposed Constitution of Kenya, which was then ratified by a 68.55% majority
  • August 27 – Promulgation of the new constitution
  • October 19 – Higher education minister William Ruto was suspended due to ongoing investigations on his alleged involvement in a forest land corruption case
  • October 27 – Foreign Minister Moses Wetangula resigned due to allegations of him being involved in an Embassy corruption scandal.


  • February 18 – Mary Keitany sets a new World Half marathon record at the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon (time 1:05:50 hours)
  • March – Thousands of residents flee Mandera town as fighting between Somali militia escalates in the area
  • March 9 – The International Criminal Court summons six previously named Kenyans to appear at the court in the Hague on April 7, 2011.
  • September 12 – Over 100 people die in a pipeline fire in Sinai slum, Nairobi
  • October 16 – Operation Linda Nchi where KDF soldiers trooped Somalia until May 2012  when they joined Amisom.

Notable Deaths

  • May 16 – Samuel Wanjiru, 24, Olympic gold medal-winning marathon runner, fall from a balcony and died.
  • September 25 – Margaret Ogola, 53, writer (passed on)
  • September 25 – Wangari Maathai – 71, Environmental and human rights activist, Nobel Peace Prize laureate (2004), died of cancer


  • June 26 – The United States embassy in Nairobi held what was believed to be the first-ever LGBT pride event in Kenya. Similar events were held at other U.S. embassies around the world
  • August 9 – At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Kenya’s David Rudisha led from start to finish to win gold becoming the first and, so far, the only runner to have broken the 1:41 barrier for 800m
  • August 22 – 52 people died during the Tana River District clashes.

Notable Deaths

  • June 10 – 6 people perished, in a Helicopter Crash including the then Security Minister George Saitoti and his Assistant Orwa Ojode.


  • February 28 – Pope Benedict XVI resigned citing his advanced age and deteriorating strength as the impetus for his resignation
  • March 4 – Uhuru won elections having garnered (50.03%) of the total votes
  • June 6 – Britain made a payout of 1.8 Billion shillings to compensate the MauMau fighters for the torture they underwent under the colonial rule
  • September 7 – The infamous ‘Kidero Slap’ when he hit the then Nairobi Women Representative Rachel Shebesh
  • September 21 – Four masked gunmen attacked the Westgate shopping mall. A total of 71 deaths, (including 4 attackers) were reported

Notable Deaths

  • April 8 – Margaret Thatcher, Former British Prime Minister, died of Stroke
  • April 27 – Mutula Kilonzo Snr, died of Heart Attack
  • December 5 – Nelson Mandela, died from Respiratory tract infection


  • November 1 – Unidentified gunmen kill at least 20 police officers in an ambush in Turkana County.
  • November 2 – An assault on a police barracks by suspected members of the Mombasa Republican Council (MRC) separatist group leaves one officer and six attackers dead in Mombasa.
  • November 17 – Kenya police raid a mosque in Mombasa, seize assorted weapons, 1 killed, 200 arrested
  • November 22 – Al-Shabaab militants hijack a bus traveling between the town of Mandera and Nairobi and execute 28 non-Muslim passengers.


  • March 2015 – Migration from analogue to digital broadcast (digital migration)
  • April 2 – Gunmen attack Garissa University College, killing at least 140 people and wounding 65 others
  • September 2015 – The onset of the NYS Scandal
  • December 2015 – Dr. Fred Matiang’i appointed Cabinet Secretary for Education, Science and Technology having previously been in acting capacity as the Cabinet Secretary for lands.

Notable Deaths

  • December 19 – Dick Wathika, 42, a politician, Former Mayor of Nairobi


  • July 22 – The infamous Koffi Olomide ‘show’ when he was on camera kicking a woman believed to be one of his dancers at the JKIA
  • November 8 – Donald Trump wins the US elections


  • February 28 – Kenya banned the use, manufacture, and importation of plastic carrier bags
  • 8 August – Kenyan general election, where Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner
  • August 2017 – The death of Baby Pendo who became the image of police brutality in the August 2017 post-election chaos
  • 1 September – the Supreme Court nullified Kenyatta’s election victory and ordered that a new presidential election take place within 60 days
  • September 2 – 8 students die in Moi Girls’ school dormitory fire

Notable Deaths

  • June 30 – Godfrey Gitahi Kariuki, Senator for Laikipia
  • July 8 – Joseph Ole Nkaissery, CS for internal security, died of Heart Attack
  • July 11 – Nicholas Biwotth, died of Kidney failure
  • July 14 – Bethuel Kiplagat, former TJRC chair


  • January 30 – The Raila ‘swearing-in’ ceremony as ‘the people’s president’
  • March 9 – The handshake between Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta
  • March 19Sudan, last known male northern white rhinoceros, died in Kenya
  • March 26 – Miguna Miguna deported from the country, again
  • 9 May – The Patel Dam near the township of Solai, Nakuru County, burst amid heavy rains, killing at least 45 people
  • August 8 – The terms ‘riparian land’ and ‘Sany’ become a buzzword for Kenyans following demolitions by NEMA
  • September 16 – Kipchoge won the Berlin Marathon in a time of 2:01:39, breaking the previous world record by 1 minute and 18 seconds
  • October 10 – At least 51 people are killed when a bus traveling from the Kenyan capital Nairobi to Kisumu veers off the road and overturns.

Notable Deaths

  • July 28 – Chris Msando, murder
  • September 4 – Sharon Otieno, murder
  • September 19 – Monica Kimani, murder


  • January 15 – The Nairobi DusitD2 Complex attack which left more than 20 dead
  • April 2 – The registration for Huduma Number unveiled
  • June 1 – CBK unveils new generation currency notes
  • October 12 – Ineos 159 challenge where Eliud Kipchoge successfully covered a marathon under 2 hours

Notable Deaths

  • December 23 – Charles Rubia, Nairobi’s first African Mayor

While the compilation of this list took many hours of research, we may have left out an event or two.

What other memorable thing do you remember from the 2010s decade?

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