Loyalists, Mau Mau, and Elections in Kenya: The First Triumph of the System, 1957-1958

@article{Branch2006LoyalistsMM,
  title={Loyalists, Mau Mau, and Elections in Kenya: The First Triumph of the System, 1957-1958},
  author={Daniel Branch},
  journal={Africa Today},
  year={2006},
  volume={53},
  pages={27 - 50}
}
  • D. Branch
  • Published 28 December 2006
  • Political Science, History
  • Africa Today
In 1957 and 1958, elections were held across Kenya for seats within the colony's Legislative Council. In Central Province, these elections took place in the aftermath of the Mau Mau rebellion. Following the insurgents' military defeat, the colonial government turned to ensuring the political victory of its African allies and the disenfranchisement of Mau Mau sympathizers. It achieved its aim by restricting the vote to elites and those who could prove their loyalty to the regime. The process of… 
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