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From 50 Years Ago: Kenyatta's Release and After.

Weekly Notes from Volume XIII, No. 34, August 26, 1961.

After nine years, mostly of imprisonment and partly of restriction, Mr Jomo Kenyatta, the leader who embodies in himself not only the aspirations of East Africa but also, to a con-siderable extent, the hopes of the entire African continent, is at last free. And it is en-couraging to note that if it was an indignant, flaming nationalist that went behind the bars in 1952[,] it is a mellow, understanding statesman that has come out. The past week has seen a series of triumphs for the freedom movement in Kenya, beginning with the re-lease of Kenyatta; and the biggest of them was perhaps the initiation of talks between him and the present Governor of the colony, Sir Patrick Renison, who would have nothing to do with the African leader till recently. These talks are believed to have covered the whole range of problems facing Kenya now, from future progress towards independence to the release of, or removal of restrictions on, nationalist leaders still in jail or in exile. And even while the talks were proceeding, Gov-ernment announced further measures calcu-lated to give freedom of action to African leaders. And notably, it removed the ban on the entry of two eminent nationalists, Peter Koinange and Joseph A Murumbi, who had to keep away from Kenya so long. With these de-velopments, the return to normalcy should be fast; and if all goes well, further progress on the road to self-government should be fairly easy for the troubled colony…

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