Carolyn Odongo: First woman to be locked without trial

Carolyn and her Husband Tom Odongo in Nairobi in 1970. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Odongo was among the first crop of American-educated Kenyans who returned with African-American wives after their studies.
  • To comply with the law that prohibited dual citizenship in 1962, Carolyn renounced her American status and became a Kenyan citizen.
  • She was finally released in December 1968 without trial after spending two years and four months behind bars.

Two weeks ago curtains came down on Carolyn Odongo, an African American who was the first woman in Kenya to be detained without trial under a draconian law introduced by Attorney-General Charles Njonjo in June 1966.


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