Kenyatta deported

Kenya’s founding father Mzee Jomo Kenyatta in 1930 wrote a letter to the colonial office pleading for protection against deportation when he returned to Kenya.

The founding father expressed his fears that the police in Kenya would arrest him on his return from the United Kingdom.

Kenyatta wrote: “There are rumours in Kenya that the police may try and find some excuse for putting me in prison or deporting me.”

He added: “I should be very grateful to you if you will do anything you can to see that I am allowed to reach my home and family.”

In the letter, Mzee Kenyatta addressed his visit to Russia which led to the colonial government spying on the founding father.

He was kept under surveillance by the Metropolitan Police Special Branch because of his suspected links to the International Committee of Negro Workers.

Files released by the British government showed how the Brits followed Kenyatta’s activities during this period through interception of his mail.

The warrant for intercepting his correspondence states that Kenyatta was believed to be succeeding George Padmore as the principal Soviet propaganda agent for the British colonies.

Uhuru’s father had met with Padmore who was a left-wing Communist from Trinidad, in Berlin, Germany, and it is alleged they remained in Germany until February 21, 1933, when police deported Padmore.

Intelligence records show that shortly before his deportation, Padmore had taken Kenyatta to Moscow, Russia, where he allegedly joined the Communist Party.


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