Popularly known as “Whispers,” after his column in the Sunday Nation, Wahome offered his readers and audience a satirical view of the trials and tribulations of Kenyan life under the Moi regime in the 80s and 90s.
Many times, he used his own family as characters in the Whispers column. The family setting – with Thatcher, Whispers Jr and the Investment (a.k.a Pajero) – was used to interrogate the national political landscape.
Wahome started his writing career as a trainee journalist at the Nation newspaper in the early 80’s. In 1986, he was arrested together with his brother, Njuguna Mutahi, also a journalist, for allegedly being members of the underground resistance movement Mwakenya.
They were held in the infamous Nyayo House torture chambers, before being charged with sedition and transferred to Kamiti Maximum Security Prison. They were jailed for 15 months after a kangaroo court trial.
Immediately after his release, he continued writing and publishing.