Lari massacre: Loyalists targeted by Mau Mau army

Lari residents. To suppress the rising rebellion against the British in Lari, tough rules were imposed to beat the Africans to submission. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Chief Kahangara and 26 members of his family were first to be wiped out. A total of 97 lost their lives in the operation that lasted under an hour.
  • The following day, the colonial intelligence was able to join the pieces and conclude the raiders were from within the village. A decision was made for collective punishment.

On a weekend in July this year, I unintentionally found myself in Lari, 40 kilometres from Nairobi on the Nakuru highway.

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