Kenya: De-Oathing the Kilcuyu

In a sparkling meadow at the edge of Kenya's Elburgon Forest, a husky African district officer named Eliud Mahihu asked one of the 200 assembled Kikuyu tribesmen to close his eyes, then led him through the crowd with a broom handle. "He is like a blind man because he has shut his eyes," shouted Mahihu. "If you have taken an oath with the Land Freedom Army, you have shut your eyes too!" By sundown, 130 men and women had stepped forward to renounce their membership in the shadowy army. Suspected members who held back faced arrest and imprisonment.

Such "de-oathing"...

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