Uhuru Hits Out At Britain For Glossing Over Colonial Atrocities

President Uhuru Kenyatta has hit out on foreign powers trying to rewrite history on atrocities their empires committed in Africa during the colonial period.

President Uhuru Kenyatta. PHOTO | FILE

President Uhuru Kenyatta. PHOTO | FILE

Mr Kenyatta said some historians had been trying to suggest that the British colonial empire was liberal and spread values of liberty and law in territories that fell under its control.

He spoke Tuesday at the Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi when he launched the 46th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) conference for the continent.

“We find it difficult and hard to square this with the experiences of those who lived under colonial times. The past is so painful than what some would want us to believe,” Mr Kenyatta said.

The CPA conference brings together African parliamentarians, Speakers of Parliament and parliamentary officials from 18 countries. Mr Kenyatta, however, told delegates that some colonial masters had admitted that their empires did not live up to the values the continent cherishes today through its membership in the CPA.

“We can begin today to understand and overcome that part of our dark history and take pride and celebrate Africans who liberated the continent from colonial and imperial domination,” he said.

President Kenyatta challenged African parliamentarians to work together to complete the work that was left by the liberation heroes more than five decades ago.

“Our fathers and mothers fought rightly to determine their own future by ending colonialism. Colonialists and their empire denied our people the right of say in government and didn’t honour our right to self-determination. The same values that destroyed the empire and colonial values now tie us with the successes of Britain,” he said.

Currently the CPA is registered in London, UK as a charity organisation, something that the delegates felt has limited its effectiveness on the continent.

The CPA African President Justin Muturi described Africa as the next frontier of development, innovation and growth.

“We need to reform our institutions including the status of CPA . We need to transform it to be in sync with the objectives of the African people,” he said.

Ms Lindiwe Maseko, the chairperson of the CPA African, challenged members to participate in amending the CPA Constitution during the forthcoming conference in Pakistan.

– Business Daily