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Kenyan GovernmentBritain ran Kenya as a colony, with no African input from the late 19th Century.

Kenya was and is split between areas of good farming land and areas of poor farming land. The British moved the natives from the good farming areas and put British farming settlers there. The Africans were of course unhappy about this and a pro-independence party was set up the KAU Kenyan African Union, leader Jomo Kenyatta.

At the same time a tribe called the KIKU (spelling is wrong) launched a rebellion. They had been moved of their traditional lands by British farmers.Their rebel movement was called MAU MAU and it involved violence against those Kenyans who worked for the British,it also involved secret oaths and occult ceremonies.

It has never been clear how close the connection wah between the KAU and Mau Mau but they had similar aims of getting the British out. The rebellion was crushed with great force. People were hung and tortured and it is not a thing that the British are proud of.

On the other hand the MAU MAU people did terrible things to their own people.After MAU MAU was defeated the British gave Kenya its independence but the people of Kenya must have been disappointed because the people who took over were mostly the people who had collaborated with the British and the average Kenyan was not much better off,Kenya was a Dictatorship in reality if not in name and the corruption in public life was a legend.

Kenyatta and then Arap-Moi ran the state for the benefit of their party and themselves and the white settlers were not much effected.

There was also a racist policy against Asian merchants who had played an important part in the economy for a longtime.

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