WHAT MUST BE DONE: RELIGIOUS,
EDUCATIONAL, AND ECONOMIC
Mau Mau is losing. Even if the actual fighting against the hard core continues for many months or even years to come, even if the terrorists murder many more loyal Kikuyu and European women and children, the masses of the people know that Mau Mau has failed them, both as a political movement aimed to drive out the White Man and win self-government, and as a religion.
The Kikuyu themselves no longer believe that the methods of Mau Mau can achieve anything for them, but that does not mean that they do not still support many of the Mau Mau aims.
Unquestionably there were genuine grievances, upon which Mau Mau leaders built up their whole propaganda programme. These must be removed. The vast majority of the Kikuyu people had very certainly drifted into a state of mental unstability and irresponsibility, and were thus an easy prey to Mau Mau religion and hysteria. Steps must be taken to rectify this.
What has happened in recent years among the Kikuyu people--because they happened to be the tribe psychologically most ready to fall an easy prey to false propaganda-- could easily happen in the next ten or twenty years in other tribes in East Africa, UNLESS those in authority are prepared to recognise frankly that they made many mistakes, and unless they are prepared to spend considerable sums of money in the very near future in rectifying those errors.
The cost of the things that must be done, if any success in 'winning the peace' is to be achieved, will be immense,