Kenya: A Love for the Forest

What does a Mau Mau "freedom fighter" do once freedom has been won?

Kenya's notorious "General" Baimungi, the meanest Mau Mau of them all, had no intention of joining the ranks of the technologically unemployed. Once last month's independence celebrations were over, he and his band of 200 green-uniformed thugs slipped quietly back into the forests on the north slope of Mount Kenya, broke out hidden rifles, and resumed their careers.

Protected by the amnesty Prime Minister Jomo Kenyatta had extended to all Mau Maus, Baimungi's men began by lopping off the ears of an African cop. Then they turned to...

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