It must be understood that MauMau was a movement of an entire people with a fighting unit in the forest.
But many confuse the fighting unit as the entire MauMau.
Oathing was a way of excluding those among the people that did not identify with the cause.
MauMau Oath-taking has been twisted by colonial and the collaborator spin-masters as a savage and barbaric ritual.
But any body that involves an element of secrecy and a measure of loyalty have oath-taking as a core ritual of membership in such an organization.
During pass-out parades, soldiers take an oath.
Priests and nuns take an extensive oath of loyalty and vows of maintaining the secrecy of the mysteries they learn for two years cloistered away.
An oath says you commit yourself to the cause.
A refusal to take it says you do not
MauMau, being a movement of the entire society had to ensure that nobody was batting for the enemy,as everyone was suffering the same evil.
Anybody that refused to belong automatically meant they were disloyal to the cause.
There is only one sentence for a traitor.
Any colonial or imperial system's success depends on the co-option of natives. Without collaborators no alien system can subdue the local and even rule it.
Any local liberation organization must first deal with its own that pitch for the enemy. The guy that sells you downriver.
It is obvious that collaborators that help the few aliens subdue the many stand between the oppressed native and the oppressor. There is no way the liberator will get to the oppressor without eliminating the fellow that reports to the latter about the former,raises the alarm.
The numbers used to show that the MauMau movement failed coz more Africans died as compared to whites is just a Homeguard way of delegitimizing a roaringly successive liberation movement.
For ever one white person,there were a hundred Africans ready to kill their fellows for them
Of course, more Africans died, simply because they were working for the oppressor.
It is therefore simplistic and generically daft to keep citing numbers to argue success or lack thereof.
MauMau was a movement of ordinary men and women, fighting against an empire.
MauMau was an ordinary peasants fight for self-respect, dignity and personal sovereignty.
It is remarkable that peasants went against a humungous empire with only the tools in their hands. Their farming tools against machine guns, bombers and commando units.
It is the ethos behind the MauMau movement that is the measure of their success.
What were they fighting for?
Was what they were fighting for acceptable in the conscience of mankind?
What had they suffered?
Have others fought such suffering?
What inspired their courage?
It is erroneous and markedly stupid to compare the MauMau movt to the British Empire and its army.
The former's was a fight for survival and the dignity to be human.The latters was a reactionary fight.
The former was expected to be the quiet slave in chains.
Then he acted.Django
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