The Very Rev David Steel on the Mau Mau Rebellion

The Very Rev. David Steel

The Very Reverend David Steel was the founder of the colonial St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church of Nairobi, Kenya. He was most outspoken against the heavy-handed suppression of the Mau Mau Rebellion of the 1950’s. Here is an excerpt from

“A judicial commission of experts in constitutional law is called for to pronounce on the legality of much of our emergency legislation. Kikuyu employees in the residential areas of Nairobi had been repatriated to the reserves– although their papers were in order… we don’t kill babies, we can only put father out of employment and reduce them to starvation, and then we will have a save-the-children fund.The indiscriminate removal of Kikuyu from the Rift Valley early this year had disastrous results…60,000 Africans were detained as part of Operation “Anvil”…these were not ways to end the emergency, and even the European community was becoming accustomed to injustice by the Government’s practices…The Government could not do what it liked because that was the road to tyranny.”

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