Yes, you can also be a Mau Mau

Dedan Kimathi

A man sings praises near the statue of Mau Mau hero Dedan Kimathi along Kimathi Street in Nairobi on February 18, 2015 during the commemoration of Kimathi's execution.

Photo credit: File | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • At independence, Jomo Kenyatta, rather powerfully, spoke of the need to free the African from the scourges of poverty, disease and ignorance.
  • The protection of country, its identity and welfare is not a job for the government, I think. It is the job of its true owners, the men and women who live in it.

Nobody cares about the Mau Mau any more. Or their deeds of exceptional courage and sacrifice. Or their touchingly naïve dreams of a free and prosperous homeland. Or the fact that some of them were massacred by a post-colonial government. Or that not even the so-called “clean” leaders of that age caused much of a stink when it happened in 1964. 

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