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How chief’s murder triggered the colonial state of emergency

What you need to know:

  • Waruhiu had told the intelligence that he had unearthed a plot where all the white settlers in the colony would be killed by their servants.
  • Waruhiu had hatched the idea of starting a loyalist resistance group, which was going to counter efforts by Mau Mau.

It was a Monday, October 6, 1952. Mr Waruhiu Kung’u, a Kikuyu colonial chief, had boarded his Hudson saloon car, together with five other people.