II
MAU MAU AIMS
There has never, so far as I know, been any clearly enunciated statement of the aims of the Mau Mau organisation. Indeed, the leaders have, to a considerable extent, when making speeches, modified their words to suit the particular audience they were addressing. Thus, when speaking to an audience that included many Christians, the aim of abolishing Christianity was not mentioned, while stress was laid on the aim of 'getting back the stolen lands', without too much emphasis on how this was to be achieved by murder and violence, which would be abhorrent to their listeners.Broadly speaking, however, it is possible to get a very good overall picture of Mau Mau aims by studying their published propaganda, both in the form of the 'hymn books', which we shall consider in some detail, in the published speeches of leaders and in 'Letters to the Editor' published in the vernacular press, before the Emergency was declared.The aims can be briefly summarised under the following seven headings:
1. Recover the land stolen from us by the white man.
2. Obtain self-government.
3. Destroy Christianity.
4. Restore ancient customs whenever possible.
5. Drive out, or subjugate, all foreigners.
6. Abolish soil conservation.
7. Increase secular education.

It will be valuable, I think, to consider each of these headings separately in order to see why it was an aim of the movement.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • I- The Present Position 1
  • II- Mau Mau Aims 21
  • III- Mau Mau Organisation 32
  • V- Mau Mau Propaganda 53
  • VI- Mau Mau Oath Ceremonies 77
  • VII- Mau Mau Methods 94
  • VIII- Mau Mau and Other Tribes 103
  • IX- Kikuyu 'Loyalists' and Home Guards 110
  • X- The Handicaps of The Security Forces 117
  • XI- What Must Be Done: Religious, Educational, and Economic Reforms 127
  • XII- What Must Be Done: Social and Political Reforms 142
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