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‘Murder, rape, castration’: UK police chief resigns over Kenya colonial abuses, documentary shows

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Kenya was late added to the British colonial map in 1920. Between 1952 and 1960, Britain waged a war in Kenya against the Mau Mau, a movement that fought for independence from colonial rule, but was brutally suppressed.

A failed attempt to expose atrocities allegedly committed by Kenyan colonial forces during the Mau Mau uprising of 1952-1960 forced the former British police chief to resign. documentary clarified.
Titled ‘A Very British Way of Torture’, the documentary sheds light on the violence that unfolded as Britain waged war against the rebellious Mau Mau movement in Kenya. colonial map 1920.

Evidence proving systematic torture, murder, rape, forced castration and other abuses in camps used to brutally suppress the independence movement was hidden for decades, the documentary says. increase.

However, fresh evidence has been compiled using survivor testimonies and expert analysis by a team of British and Kenyan historians. It added to the allegation’s credibility by revealing it had access to a secret archive.

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So among the newly collected evidence is a letter from Kenya’s police chief, Arthur Young.

Previously employed by the Metropolitan Police, Young had been sent to Kenya to investigate alleged abuses by British colonial officers. When Young dug up more and more evidence of human rights violations and submitted the case to Kenya’s Ministry of Justice and Attorney General, he eventually learned that the investigation had been stopped.

The discovery forced Arthur Young to resign and wrote a scathing letter accusing the Kenyan and British regimes of sabotaging his work. The resignation letter, which was hidden from public records, was later replaced with a watered-down version, the documentary added.

The documentary also provides insight into how the Governor’s Complaints Commission within the Kenyan government was used as a mechanism to keep allegations of abuse confidential.

“This is a broader process by which the British government, together with the colonial government, sought to prevent people from discovering that those within the police knew what was going on and knew they were wrong. ‘, says Niels Boender, a historian at the University of Warwick. The Guardian is quoted as saying:

Boender’s research into the Imperial War Museum is covered in a documentary with extensive archival footage.

“In England we often hear people say that it was acceptable by the standards of the time. It was a particular effort by people in government and people in colonial states to conspire to keep it out of the public record. added.

Representatives of the British government and the Kenyan independence movement finally met in 1960 to negotiate independence. The agreement called for a 66-seat Legislative Council, of which 33 seats were reserved for Afro-Kenyans and 20 seats for other ethnic groups.

On June 1, 1963, Jomo Kenyatta became prime minister of Kenya in preparation for the transition to independence announced on December 12, 1963.



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