The media reports surrounding recent events in Kenya have tended to portray it as yet another "tribal" clash.
While ethnic violence has flared since the election of 27 December, a closer analysis shows how this is a symptom of the fight against poverty and corruption, and for democracy, with the ever interfering fingers of imperialism never long at rest.
British efforts to preserve empire in Kenya unleashed a wave of atrocities, says Ken Olende.
On 20 October 1952 a state of emergency was declared in Britain's East African colony of Kenya. It lasted until 1960, and was the most brutal campaign in Britain's attempt to hold on to its empire after the Second World War. The rebellion was crushed and it is significant that, while the rebels called themselves the Land and Freedom Army, they are remembered as the Mau Mau, the bastardised name given to them by the settlers.