Posted October 14, 2018 06:47:53When did Kenya “come out of the dark” of colonialism?
Kenya’s independence from British rule began with the signing of the Treaty of Wurtemberg on December 18, 1957.
The treaty created the nation of Kenya, and created the African Union.
The agreement stipulated that Kenya was not to be an autonomous region, but to be part of a greater continent.
The United Kingdom, however, had other plans.
In 1963, the United Kingdom invaded Kenya and began a brutal occupation.
The invasion forced Kenya into a “colony” and caused many of its citizens to flee their homes and families.
The United Kingdom claimed that Kenya’s constitution was not compatible with the new colonial system and that its colonial powers were unconstitutional.
The country’s leaders were furious.
In 1965, Kenya became independent, but it remained a colony under British rule for almost 40 years.
Today, Kenya is a part of the United Nations.
In 2014, the country’s new president, Uhuru Kenyatta, declared that Kenya will become a sovereign state, and the nation has a strong constitution.
In Kenya, many are still waiting for their country to truly emerge from the colonial past.
Kenya, like many countries, still sees itself as an independent nation, and has not embraced the colonial legacy of Britain and the United States.
For this reason, many African leaders are pushing for a return to the colonial model, in the form of a democratic constitution.
Katharine Loeffler is a freelance writer based in the United Arab Emirates.
She tweets at @katharineloeffler