KENYA: Panga War

Sir Evelyn Baring, Governor of Kenya, pulled on his medal-hung tunic with the silver & gold epaulettes, buckled on his ivory-handled sword, and patted his plumed cocked hat into place. Then he climbed into his big black Humber and drove into Nairobi to open, in the name of the Queen, the 56-man Legislative Council (42 Europeans, 6 Africans, 6 Indians, 2 Arabs) that serves as Kenya's parliament.

On the front of the governor's car waved his official flag: two crossed pangas (broad-bladed African knives used to chop bananas). The pangas seemed symbolic...

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