No better thing than the invaluable satisfaction of knowledge. The sweet knowledge of history. Tracing not only one’s steps but also those of our predecessors. Of great importance is to recognize the hard struggle our fathers bore for the freedom we all enjoy today. Interestingly, the liberation struggle for Kenya’s independence is well demystified as one that was a collaboration of different communities traversing our Land. As often misunderstood the burden of the struggle is errantly termed for the Mau-Mau who put up a fierce militant resistance through the Land and freedom army.
The Ruringu Museum where the African Court sits is where the white cracked his whip. Did away with the old form of punishments and institutes new retrogressive laws to dehumanize the natives.
An interesting discussion that comes up is the whole question of the victory of the fight. So far it well clarified that the struggle was carried out by many of every hue and kind in whatever role they played. Of interest is whether the militant fighters the Mau-Mau actually won the war. Even as the compensation agenda is pursued let it be soberly remembered that there were more fighters before the Mau-Mau. As severe as their suffering in the detention camps might have been, the ‘lesser suffering’ by other fighters doesn’t stand invalidated.
Every deed and sacrifice is worth appreciation but endless rifts came about thought the liberation struggle. A lot is unresolved. The land question which has always been a thorn in Kenya’s foot can trace its beginning in post colonial Kenya. As the colonial powers decided to leave Kenya after immense international pressure, the carried on with a divisive decolonization strategy.
Just celebrating our Mashujaa day is not enough but also recognizing why we should celebrate and how you should celebrate. The problem with our use of history is, it is often used to consolidate our antagonized stand offs. History in its true sense should balance opinion. It should give a pathway of healing and reconciliation. History indeed is notorious for opening cans of worms and the buried hatchets. It is only through history that we can learn our togetherness and ingenuity. Our beauty in our diversity. The hard question of forgiveness should be answered. Can the colonial powers repent and can the African forgive the colonialists.
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Author: Eddie Kagure