A group of fifty Mau Mau detainees were released from Aguthi Works Camp, Kenya, early November 18.
A group of fifty Mau Mau detainees were released from Aguthi Works Camp, Kenya, early November 18. Thee was a friendly farewell and a handshake from Senior Camp Officer Paul Wood, and Senior Superintendent Paddy Hillin before the smiling ex-detainees were driven off in a lorry to return to families and friends. Before returning to their communities, each of the men had been interviewed by their local chiefs and headmen, who will keep them under supervision.
The men were the first to be released after the announcement in London and Nairobi just over a week before, that 2,500 prisoners wore soon to be released and Kenya's present emergency regulations revoked. The announcement marks an ending of the seven-year campaign against Mau Mau terrorists.
A hard core of 120 men connected with Mau Mau will remain in detention until they can safely be released.
A further 250 men in Aguthi Camp are due for release soon. A third of the 917 detainees held at the end of September were considered fit for release and had been accepted by their own communities. These will all be released by the end of the year.
Relaxation of emergency powers does not affect Jomo Kenyatta, the African leader, who is restricted to Lodwar, North Province, under ordinary - not emergency - powers.