What is the history of government in Kenya?
Britain ran Kenya as a colony, with no African input from the late
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
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
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
There was also a racist policy against Asian merchants who had
played an important part in the economy for a longtime.