Sir Patrick Rennison, Governor of Kenya, stated categorically May 9 that Jomo Kenyatta - former Mau Mau leader exiled to the Northern Territory since leaving jail - April 1959 will not be released in the immediate future.
SV Governor Sir Patrick Rennison speaks.. (4-ft clear for lead-in introduction) SOF STARTS "Jomo Kenyatta was the recognized leader of the non-co-operation movement which organized Mau Mau. Mau Mau with its foul oathing and violent aims, had been declared an unlawful society. He was convicted of managing that unlawful society and being a member of it. He appealed to the supreme courts his guilt was established and confirmed."
CU Governor speaks. "My concern is security; security and a full stop to the use of violence and witchcraft and intimidation for political or any other ends. From the security viewpoint I think that Jomo Kenyatta's return to political life in Kenya at the present time would be a disaster."
SV Governor speaks. "I repeat and confirm that in my view Jomo Kenyatta's release would be at present a danger to security. The decision is mine. By this statement I wish to make it clear that accordingly he will remain under restriction."
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Background: Sir Patrick Rennison, Governor of Kenya, stated categorically May 9 that Jomo Kenyatta - former Mau Mau leader exiled to the Northern Territory since leaving jail - April 1959 will not be released in the immediate future.
His statement followed a May 5 disclosure by Defence Minister Swan before the Kenya Legislative Council that there had been a renewal of Mau Mau oath-taking, disorders, and public singing of terrorist songs; Police were trying to assess whether incidents represented a genuine resurgence of Mau Mau.
Sir Patrick's firm attitude is unlikely to be well received by Kenya African leaders Tom Mboya and James Gichuru. Previously cool to each other, they came together May 7 on the same platform to express similar views about Kenyatta's release. Mr. Mboya was angered by Colonial Secretary Macleod's promise to the British House of Commons that Kenyatta would not be released while he remained a security risks. Mr. Gichuru said: "Kenyatta in prison is a danger to the security of this country". Later the same day, before leaving for Holland Mr. Mboya expanded this point; if Kenyatta was held, the people would insist on a civil disobedience campaign, and their leaders would be unable to restrain them.