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THE PRESENT POSITION

When I wrote Mau Mau and the Kikuyu at the end of 1952, the State of Emergency in Kenya Colony had only recently been declared and the aim of that book was to give my readers an idea of the background against which the Mau Mau organisation and its deeds must be viewed, in order to be properly understood.

Now the fight against Mau Mau has been in progress for nearly two years and it is unfortunately true that very few people, outside Kenya, seem to realise what is really happening. Only major events, at relatively rare intervals, now figure in the world press, together with dissertations of varying length and widely different viewpoints, written by journalists and others, mostly after relatively brief visits to Kenya. Even the local newspapers report only a proportion of the daily incidents.

From time to time, in answer to questions in the House of Commons, a general statement of the position is made and some of the statistical facts about the number of killed, captured, imprisoned, and detained is given. These stark figures do go to show the terrible reality of the fight against Mau Mau, but even they are often misinterpreted by people outside Kenya, because of a lack of background against which they can be seen in their true perspective.

I hope therefore in the present book to try and give a fuller picture, not only of the position as it is today, but also of what has been happening in the past two years.

When the State of Emergency was declared on 28 October 1952, one of the first steps taken by Government was to arrest and put under detention almost 120 of the known leaders of the Mau Mau movement. These included Jomo

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