III
MAU MAU ORGANISATION

At the time when I completed my earlier book there was still a great deal that was not known about how Mau Mau was organised, while, of course, as the conflict has grown many changes in Mau Mau organisation have taken place, as the leaders have introduced modifications of original plans to suit the changing needs.

In my first book I made it quite clear that for the majority of Kikuyu, Mau Mau was synonymous with K.A.U., or the Kenya African Union, and was, moreover, nothing more than an extension of the old ' Kikuyu Central Association', under a new guise and with some modifications.

It has since been established and proved in the courts of the country that the Kenya African Union during 1951-2 was being used, at least in Kikuyu country, as a cover for Mau Mau propaganda and activities. Huge meetings of the Union were convened and held all over the Kikuyu Reserve, in Nairobi and wherever else there were Kikuyu, as, for example, in the European settled areas. These meetings were open to the public and were frequently attended by Police representatives. Consequently the speakers took good care that their speeches were just outside the range of what could be called subversive. Nevertheless they often included much that was very near the borderline, and statements about land which were both untrue and calculated to create unrest in the minds of the hearers were commonly made. Before many of these meetings started, the so-called 'New Hymns' were sung, under the excuse that it was necessary to entertain the crowds while waiting for the speakers to appear. But these 'new hymns',

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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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