(The attached image, courtesy of the 1973 photobiography “Mzee Jomo Kenyatta,” by Mohamed Amin and Peter Moll, is of then British Secretary of State for the Colonies James Griffiths (left), in Kiambu, Kenya, in May 1951, in the company of Jomo Kenyatta (middle) and an unidentified Kikuyu elder.)
The vetting and screening of people who met and interacted with Secretary James Griffiths in the then Kenya colony back then in May 1951, White, Asian and Black, must have been at the very top levels of the Colonial Government in Kenya at the time, led by then Colonial Governor, Sir Philip Mitchell, because the British Secretary of State for the Colonies was a senior figure in the British Government in the days of the “British Empire” – Colonialism, second in pecking order to the British Prime Minister, in real and symbolic terms, owing to the 20th century vastness of the British Empire.
Jomo Kenyatta, without a doubt, was therefore on very good terms with the British, both in Kenya and overseas. There are in fact certain schools of thought that hold that Jomo Kenyatta’s good and cordial relationship with the British stretches even further back i.e. to 24th September 1946 i.e. when Jomo Kenyatta arrived at Kenya’s port of Mombasa after 15 years in Europe i.e. 1931 to 1946.
There are even schools of thought that further hold that Jomo Kenyatta had already been earmarked by the British during the second World War, when Jomo was still in Europe, as the Black African to lead Kenya to independence.
The legend goes that Jomo Kenyatta had decided to spend the rest of his life in the United Kingdom/Europe, having even gotten married to a British lady i.e. Edna Grace Clarke on 11th May 1942, and having even had a son with Edna i.e. Peter Magana Kenyatta, born on 11th August 1944. The British however, the legend goes, had other plans for Jomo Kenyatta, hence his return to Kenya on 24th September 1946.
It could or could not be true that Jomo Kenyatta began being groomed to lead Kenya to independence as early as the second World War of 1939 to 1945, but what cannot be in doubt, is that leaders are chosen in boardrooms, and not at the ballot box that is Democracy is one of the biggest frauds of our time, if not the biggest, and as one time leader of the the now defunct Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R.), Joseph Stalin, famously put it, “Elections are not decided by those who vote, but by those who count the votes.”
Going by the accompanying image though, it is safe to say that as early as May 1951, Jomo Kenyatta was in the “very good books” of the British.
The case of Nelson Mandela in South Africa, is another good example. In his autobiography “A long walk to freedom,” Mandela mentions how he began being secretly smuggled to the Presidential Mansion in Pretoria, from his prison cell, in 1988, for secret meetings and secret negotiations with the then president of Apartheid South Africa, P.W. Botha (“Die Groot Krokodil” that is, “The Great Crocodile”).
Walter Sisulu was released from prison in October 1989, and four months later on 11th February 1990, Mandela himself was released from prison.
However in 1986, then British Foreign Affairs Minister (Foreign Secretary as the term is in Britain), Sir Geoffrey Howe, visited South Africa and was due to visit and chat with Nelson Mandela at his prison cell on Robben Island, a meeting that was however cancelled at the last minute, which very likely means that Mandela had began meeting the apartheid regime in secret even before 1988 that is, in or before 1986, though Mandela does not mention this in his autobiography “A long walk to freedom.”
Who knows for sure when Nelson Mandela began meeting senior figures in the apartheid South Africa regime? 1981? 1979?
Significantly in 1979, for example, eleven years before Mandela’s release in 1990, P.W. Botha made a landmark statement by telling White South Africans to embrace change and allow greater rights for Black South Africans, with P.W. Botha arguing that it made no sense for White South Africans to trust Black South Africans to cook meals for them and look after their children, yet at the same time refuse to share public facilities with Black South Africans.
The same applies to Kenya’s second president Daniel T. arap Moi, the British clearly decided as early as January 1967 that Daniel T. arap Moi would succeed Jomo Kenyatta as Kenyan President that is, Daniel T. arap Moi was appointed Kenya’s third Vice-President in January 1967, and between January 1967 and 22nd August 1978 when Jomo Kenyatta passes away, one notes a Daniel T. arap Moi undergoing grooming and “training” by representing Jomo Kenyatta at key events and key functions, both here at home in Kenya and overseas.
For example Vice-President Moi meets then US President Richard Nixon at the White House, USA, in May 1969, he leads a Kenya Government delegation in meeting then US President Jimmy Carter in 1978 at the White House, USA, he leads a Kenya Government delegation in meeting then West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt in 1978, in what was then known as West Germany i.e. in the “Cold War” years when Germany was divided into East Germany and West Germany, and he leads two separate Kenya Government delegations in meeting then British Prime Minister James Callaghan in the years 1977 and 1978 in the United Kingdom, Daniel T. arap Moi, towards the end of the Jomo Kenyatta presidency, had become the “de facto” President of Kenya.
Was Joseph Stalin right or wrong i.e. “Elections are not decided by those who vote, but by those who count the votes…?”
Is it the British “who have been counting the votes” in Kenya since at least May 1951, and is it the the British too, “who have been counting the votes” in South Africa since around 1979…?