ISBN 9789966189011
Pages 450
Dimensions 210 x 148 mm
Published 2018
Publisher Vita Books, Kenya
Format Paperback

Kenya's War of Independence

Mau Mau and its Legacy of Resistance to Colonialism and Imperialism, 1948-1990

by Shiraz Durrani

Kenya's War of Independence restores Kenya’s stolen history to its rightful place, stripped of colonial interpretations. In this expanded and revised version of his 1986 booklet, Kimaathi, Mau Mau's First Prime Minister of Kenya, Durrani covers Mau Mau’s resistance to colonialism and neo-colonialism and reflects on its ideology, organisation and achievements. He sees Mau Mau in the larger context of Kenya’s war of independence and looks at the influence of organised, radical trade unions as the engine of resistance, linking economic with political demands of working people. Additional chapters document the post-independence resistance by the underground December Twelve Movement-Mwakenya.

Durrani captures the dynamism of transition from colonialism to neo-colonialism: “Imperialism replaced colonialism, African elites replaced White Settlers, neo-colonial government replaced colonial government. Resistance changed from the War of Independence to War of Economic Independence. Worker and peasant resistance is evident once again. History is on the march”.

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Reviews

"The movement [Mau Maul was radicalised by a militant leadership that emerged from the trade union movement in Nairobi the fact is that without their participation a sustained revolt would not have been possible”

Newsinger, 2006

"This booklet, along with such classic accounts as Barnett's and Njama's Mau Mau From Within, is a fitting tribute to the pioneers in the struggle against imperialism and their martyred leader, Dedan Kimaathi”

Egil Hjelmervik, Fight Racism Fight Imperialism 1993 Review of Durrani's Kimaathi, Mau Mau's First Prime Minister of Kenya.
About the Author

Shiraz Durrani

Shiraz Durrani is a British-Kenyan library science professional noted for his writings on the social and political dimensions of information and librarianship. His widely held Information and liberation writings on the politics of information and librarianship draws on his experiences in librarianship from Mau Mau period Kenya to modern-day UK 

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