BY KOIGI WAMWERE
God seems to have risen on the side of the downtrodden of the world who are today pulling down statues that were erected in honour of colonial dictators, slave traders, colonialists and génocidaires of the world.
Despite terror by coronavirus, it is heartening when we see campaigns to end injustice and oppression led by the young generation of all races, genders and professions but erupting from the West.
But most gratifying is the campaign now happening to bring down the statue of Lord Baden Powell who founded the Boy Scout movement. Had he been alive today, he would have sent his Boy Scouts movement against Black Lives Matter movement that is championing the campaign to change and make the world better today and tomorrow for everybody.
Despite being a terrible oppressor, it is shocking how the world has supported the Boy Scout Movement when its founder was disappointed when he missed an opportunity to slaughter the black people of Kumasi, Nigeria. Notwithstanding, every year misguided youths from all over Kenya, Africa and the world gather in Nyeri Town, Kenya, to bow before and celebrate this admirer of Adolf Hitler, led by Kenyan leaders Kalonzo Musyoka, Francis ole Kaparo and others with a special admiration for Powell and Hitler.
In support of the campaign in th UK, it is no exaggeration to say Baden Powell had a love for killing African people when Britain was in its colonial campaign to conquer and colonize Africa. Indeed, Powell had “a rare experience of the sensation, even in anticipation, that is the rapture-giving delight which the attack upon an enemy affords…. All other sensations are but as the tinkling of a doorbell in comparison with the throbbing of Big Ben.”
“The second Ashanti war in 1896 provided (Baden-Powell) no opportunity for experiences of that kind. Two days’ march away from the capital, Kumasi, Robert Baden-Powell, the commander of the advance troop, later to found the Boy Scouts, received an envoy offering unconditional surrender.
To his disappointment, Baden-Powell did not fire a single shot at the natives. To get hostilities going, the British planned extreme provocations. The king of Ashanti was arrested together with his whole family. The king and his mother were forced to crawl on all fours up to the British officers sitting of crates of biscuit tins, receiving their subjugation.”
This is the bearer of British civilization that Kenyan leaders worship and young world generation is saying no to, most emphatically.
Through school I wanted to join Boy Scouts. My father said no. Thanks a million to him.