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generally seen as intended to protect the state from exposure of its villainy. In the present reading of three texts—depicting Malawi under the rule of H. Kamuzu Banda, Ethiopia under the Derg and Kenya over a time-span from the “Mau Mau” 2 revolt until the 2007 elections—the focus is on the nature and

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our lives were threatened by a state-sanctioned neo-Mau-Mau gang, who objected to our family’s ethnic origins following the state anointed murder of the Minister of Economic Planning, Tom Mboya. My late father would only say very many years later, that we were the lucky ones. He did not qualify his

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against the British in the Kenya Land and Freedom Army during the years of the war of independence, in the so-called Mau Mau Uprising. The author points out that “Kimathi was born the same year, on 31 October, which meant he shared a birthday with his father’s struggle hero, Mau Mau leader Dedan Kimathi

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from South Africa, who wanted the abolition of pass laws and the contract system, as well as independence for South West Africa. Through them, and by listening to the “Voice of Africa” broadcasts from Ghana or Egypt, he learnt of the struggle for liberation in Algeria and the “Mau-Mau movement” in

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Movement ( LSM ) based in Canada and the United States of America initially stimulated and encouraged such literature. The LSM had a long tradition of recording and publishing life histories of members of liberation movements, such as the Kenyan Mau Mau, the Angolan MPLA , the Zimbabwean ZAPU and the

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