British Administration and the Chiefs' Tyranny in Early Colonial Kenya

  title={British Administration and the Chiefs' Tyranny in Early Colonial Kenya},
  author={Evanson N. Wamagatta},
  journal={Journal of Asian and African Studies},
  pages={371 - 388}
  • Evanson N. Wamagatta
  • Published 6 July 2009
  • History, Political Science
  • Journal of Asian and African Studies
This article argues that the chiefs' tyranny in early colonial Kenya had its roots in the British administrative style since the Government needed strong-handed local leaders to enforce its unpopular laws and regulations. That was why the chiefs got away with their tyranny because the Government condoned it to a certain extent. They also got away with it because of the alien nature of their positions, their duties and their people inadvertently condoning it. The first generation of chiefs from… 
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