VIII
MAU MAU AND OTHER TRIBES

As I said in my earlier book, Mau Mau and the Kikuyu, Mau Mau was virtually the same as the earlier Kikuyu Central Association, which was finally banned in 1941. I also said that to the majority of Africans, and more particularly to the Kikuyu tribe, the terms K.C.A., Mau Mau, and K.A.U. (Kenya African Union) were synonymous. This has been more than substantiated by the evidence I have given in the earlier chapters of the present book.

This proven identity between the old K.C.A., Mau Mau, and K.A.U. (in its later stages) is of the very greatest importance when we try to assess the likelihood, or otherwise, of Mau Mau having a serious effect upon other tribes.

In the days before the Second World War, when the K.C.A. was becoming increasingly active--as well as increasingly subversive--very strenuous efforts were made to spread K.C.A. doctrines among other tribes. In order to do this, similar associations were set up (or where they existed, encouraged) among other tribes, and they were all granted affiliation to the K.C.A. as being the parent body as well as the most influential and active one.

In particular, strong associations were organised among the Kamba and Teita tribes, while close contact with, but less influence over, existing associations among the Luo, Bantu Kavirondo, Masai, and Kipsigis was maintained.

Undoubtedly, it was with the Kamba and the Teita that the old K.C.A. had its greatest successes, and it thus came about that when the K.C.A. was finally banned and its leaders detained during the war, the affiliated Kamba and

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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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