Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Robert Glasper 2010 Barbican



Kenya Massacre

 War criminals

Between 1902 and 1915, 7.5 million acres       (3.1 million hectares) or 20 per cent of the best land in the country was declared Crown property and reserved for white immigrants only. The British colonial government sent in waves of white settlers, from South Africa and England, with the hope of creating another “white man’s country”. On 20 October 1952, Governor Baring signed an order declaring a State of Emergency after attacks from angry natives. The proper name for the liberation forces that fought against British colonialism and land-grabbing in East Africa was the Kenya Land and Freedom Army. The movement was derisively called “Mau Mau” by the British propaganda machine in an attempt to depict these African freedom fighters as a primitive and anti-white tribal cult. Members of Mau Mau are currently recognised by the Kenyan Government as freedom/independence heroes/heroines who sacrificed their lives in order to free Kenyans from colonial rule. The Kenya Human Rights Commission has said 90,000 Kenyans were executed, tortured or maimed during the crackdown, and 160,000 were detained in appalling conditions usually on trumped up charges. Only 32 whites were killed. Sarah Obama, President Barack Obama's grandfather's wife told him that her husband was imprisoned for six months and tortured before being tried in a British court. Four elderly Kenyans are seeking redress for their brutal treatment by the British during the suppression of the Mau Mau rebellion in the 1950s. One has since died and British courts will drag their feet hoping the remaining three quickly die of old age. Robert Jay, representing the Foreign Office, admitted that two of the men, Ndiku Mutua and Paulo Nzili, were tortured and castrated by the British, and a third, Wambugu Wa Nyingi, was beaten unconscious during the Hola massacre, on 3 March 1959, when 11 prisoners were clubbed to death by the guards. The only woman claimant, Jane Muthoni Mara, was tortured and sexually abused. In 2011, papers documenting the suppression of the Mau Mau revolt, and which had been 'missing' for fifty years, were uncovered in connection with the above-mentioned legal case. The documents had been flown out of Africa on the eve of Kenya's independence because they "might embarrass Her Majesty's Government". "Embarrassment hardly covers it," remarked a Times editorial, noting that "the covert history of colonial administration in Kenya bears comparison to the methods of torture and summary execution in the French war in Algeria. The release of these documents has sparked similar actions from veterans of other anti colonial struggles, such as the EOKA campaign against the British occupation of Cyprus. The Foreign Office holds about 8,800 files from 37 former British Administrations, including Aden, Brunei, Cyprus, Fiji, Gambia, Jamaica, Kenya, Malaya, Malta, Mauritius, Nigeria, Northern Rhodesia, Palestine, Sarawak, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Swaziland, and Uganda. Much of the wealth that laid the foundations of British global rule was acquired from trade in African slaves. Brutal subjugation of the colonial world was part and parcel of imperialism’s drive to secure world markets, cheap labour and raw materials. In the past Britain's rulers have carried out mass murder and torture on an immense scale, also the 1982 Falklands War where Argentinian troops were slaughtered after they had surrendered ( + http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ARA_General_Belgrano )  and recently the brutal occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq to the bombing of Libya, the world is strewn with victims of the British pursuit of profits. Is the western dominated International Criminal Court just another propaganda machine?


Kenyan nationals, from right, Wambugu wa Nyingi, Ndiku Mutua, Paulo Nzili and Jane Muthoni Mara, outside the High Court in central London, on April 7, 2011.

1 comment:

  1. Only came across this guy via Jamie Cullem's radio show a few weeks back. This is a stunning performance. Many thanks for the flacs.