Harry Thuku’s last will reveals man with few possessions. Kamau Muthoni; Posted on: 21st May Harry Thuku When Harry Thuku died nearly five decades. Harry Thuku, one of the pioneers of African nationalism in Kenya, was born in the Kambui region of the British colony in In , the Gospel Missionary. Harry Thuku (), Kenyan politician, was one of the pioneers in the development of modern African nationalism in Kenya. Harry Thuku was born in the.
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Through the paper he learned of the infighting among European settlers in Kenya over the colony’s future. Thuku was born in Kambui in Kiambu district of Central Kenya. Inhe stepped down from his position at the Kikuyu Association. His supporters went on strike and demanded his release. The Times Friday, 29 Januaryp. History and Government Form 2. After independence, Harry Thuku Road in Nairobi was named for him.
Retrieved 1 November But because of internal disagreement on policies, he left and established the Kikuyu Provincial Association KPA in At the time, he was involved in the formation of the first African organisation to defend African interests in a Kenya that was dominated by European rule.
Robertson, Trouble Showed ahrry Way: As Thuku became more popular, British authorities imprisoned him again on March 14, Seattle and the Nation The Commanders: He founded The Young Kikuyu Association, a non-militant group that pursued a peaceful and structured liberation struggle with the government and missions.
The United States BlackPast. However, he was more interested in action-oriented measures to address the rising economic challenges facing Kenyan Africans, realizing that the organisation was becoming heavily political and thus ill-equipped to achieve the association’s original objectives of economic emancipation.
Retrieved from ” https: Fitzroy Dearborn, ; Claire C. This meteoric success led to Thuku’s arrest in an the ban of national and countrywide political movements .
Harry Thuku Biography, Education Background, Political History
He was later released in and by that time,the colonial government allowed formation of tribal based political parties restricted to some tribal ‘homelands’ only. Harry Thuku spent 4 years at the school of the Kambui Gospel Mission, and in he received a 2-year prison sentence for forging a check.
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During his absence, thyku government of the day moved quickly by attempting to co-opt the leadership of the association thuk monetary inducements and piece-meal reforms to appease the native. Views Read Edit View history. It drew its members from many tribal groups, however, because of its location most of the members were Kikuyu. From to Thuku served as the secretary to the Kikuyu Association. Harry Thuku went on to re-assemble the loyal remnants of the East African Association, which was renamed the Kikuyu Provincial Associationdevoted to legal, non-militant protest.
During his absence, the government of the day moved quickly by attempting to co-opt the leadership of the association with monetary inducements and piece-meal reforms to appease the native. After serving his two-year prison term, Thuku was employed thukj the Leadera colonial newspaper, when he became interested in local and national political affairs. By this time, Thuku was ultra-conservative: He founded The Young Kikuyu Associationa non-militant group that pursued a peaceful and structured liberation struggle with the government and missions.
He afterwards removed himself from Kenyan politics.
It has no affiliation with the University of Washington. Thuku became increasingly conservative as the anti-colonial struggle advanced in Kenya.
He argued that land was an important factor of production and that the livelihood of the Kikuyu people, who are primarily farmers, risked being lost.
The organisation’s main concern was for the preservation of African-owned land. This underlying approach of moderation in political struggle caused a permanent split between Harry Thuku and the rising generation of the future leaders of Kenya. He became a wealthy coffee farmer and eventually became the first African member of the Kenyan Coffee Farmers’ Union.
Thuku was one of the first of Kenya’s Africans to be fully capable of working in the English language. It drew its members from many tribal groups, however, because of its location most of the members were Kikuyu. Copyright – BlackPast. The East African Association declined to participate in the political process, but those co-opted individuals and a host more who were interested in classical African political rights remained actively engaged.
Harry Thuku went on to re-assemble the loyal remnants of the East African Association, which was renamed the Kikuyu Provincial Association, devoted to legal, non-militant protest. Inhe rose to the position of a clerk-telegraph operator in the government treasury office in Nairobi.
Retrieved 11 December This was done to avoid national uprising against the colonial authorities. We welcome your suggestions. He later retired to a successful life in business in Kabete, Central province, Kenya.