[quote="Rowan"]Just finished that book, and was surprised to learn just how much Jomo Kenyatta had in common with Nelson Mandela. After serving a lengthy prison sentence on questionable charges related to 'terrorism,' he emerged at the end of white rule to become his nation's first leader under majority rule, only to disappoint many of his supporters with his magnanimity toward the white settlers and Britain itself. He did not return any land to the families it had been stolen from, nor demand any kind of reparation. Indeed, rather than seize the land back, the Kenyan government were at pains to assure the white settlers they would be welcome to continue farming there. Many accepted this offer and remain a privileged class even to this today, with their mansions and black house-boys and so on. Many others decided to leave, a good number heading for Apartheid South Africa, where they were welcomed with open arms. The Kenyan government not only agreed to purchase their land from them, but did so at such exorbitant rates that they were required to take out a loan from (irony of ironies) Britain! Meanwhile, anyone suspected of involvement in a Mau Mau revival to drive the settlers off was tried and, if found guilty, imprisoned. The only difference was this time they were not subject to torture, rape, castration and hideous forms of execution, as they had been under white rule. Thus the British were never really held accountable, certainly none of the top brass were every put on trial for the countless crimes against humanity committed in the concentration camps, and from their perspective nothing was learnt.
As much of a fan of Mandela as I am, I would say there are some distinct parallels there. What was this astounding degree of magnanimity based on? Had these great men really become so forgiving during their imprisonment that they would virtually reward their former oppressors in exchange for freedom? Any other option but freedom for their people had become untenable, and thus they fulfilled the wildest dreams of their former oppressors by neither holding them to account nor demanding anything from them. Or were they, perhaps, still to some degree under the control of their former oppressors? Were these the only conditions under which Western powers were going to 'permit' them to have freedom? In both cases the white ruling class had forged strong relationships with major international corporations and these interests had to be safeguarded, for the benefit of all.[/quote
That is Africa in a nutshell..... Welcome to Africa
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