Controversial Chiefs in Colonial Kenya: The Untold Story of by Evanson N. Wamagatta

By Evanson N. Wamagatta

Senior leader Waruhiu wa Kung’u is one in all colonial Kenya’s so much arguable chiefs. His identify has long past down in heritage as a traitor who used to be assassinated simply because he bought his nation to the British colonizers. This ebook is the untold tale of the arguable lifetime of Senior leader Waruhiu who served the colonial executive for thirty years. He believed his white superiors’ authority was once God-given and to disobey them was once tantamount to disobeying God himself. That was once why he was once thought of unswerving, obedient, accountable, in charge, effective, and a tower of strength.

Chief Waruhiu’s violent loss of life dealt his recognition a devastating blow, because it supplied his critics with a foundation to painting him as a traitor who bought out to the colonizers. even though Waruhiu believed that the Africans weren't but prepared for self-government—and that they can no longer reach it via violence—that didn't make him a traitor. different chiefs additionally believed that and but weren't categorized as traitors. notwithstanding, this did result in him being thought of a really pro-government and pro-European leader who was once against the aspirations of his humans and he, accordingly, deserved to be killed.

Although it's believed that Waruhiu used to be killed by means of Mau Mau, there is not any facts to help that declare. The white settler group received much from Waruhiu’s homicide because it lead the way for it to get what it have been hard for an extended time—a announcement of a country of emergency and the arrest and detention of African leaders. it's very most probably that a few leaders of the white settlers, operating including executive officers, have been most likely at the back of Waruhiu’s homicide. The police, the prosecution, and the courtroom appeared made up our minds to make the homicide fees opposed to the accused suspects stick inspite of obtrusive discrepancies and contradictions within the proof opposed to them. in particular, the prosecution didn't turn out past any moderate doubts that Waweru and Gathuku killed Waruhiu. therefore, the secret of who killed Waruhiu and people in the back of his homicide nonetheless continues to be unresolved and the perpetrators of the homicide may possibly by no means be known.

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