Assassination of Waruhiu

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Assassination of Waruhiu
Part of Mau Mau Uprising
Date 7 October 1952
Location 7 miles outside Nairobi, Kenya
Result Declaration of State of Emergency

United Kingdom British Empire

Mau Mau
Commanders and leaders
Unknown John Mbiu Koinange
Unknown 3
Casualties and losses
1 killed Unknown

The Assassination of Waruhiu was the murder of Kenyan Chief Waruhiu by the Mau Maus on 7 October 1952.[1] The Chief was a supporter of the unwelcomed Colonial British presence in Kenya and was shot in his car; at his funeral, Governor Evelyn Baring called him "a great man, a great African and a great citizen of Kenya, who met his death in the service of his own people and his Government."[2] His death helped lead to the declaration of a State of Emergency in Kenya.[3][4]


  1. ^ "TERRORISTS SEIZED AT INITIATION CEREMONY". The Mercury. Hobart, Tasmania. 11 October 1952. p. 25. Retrieved 30 November 2013 – via National Library of Australia. 
  2. ^ "40 MAU MAU INITIATES TAKEN IN RAID BY KENYA POLICE". The Examiner. Launceston, Tas. 11 October 1952. p. 21. Retrieved 30 November 2013 – via National Library of Australia. 
  3. ^ "Mau Mau Activities and the Unrest in Kenya" by Malcolm Davies The Antioch Review Vol. 13, No. 2 (Summer, 1953), pp. 221–233
  4. ^ "The Bloody Mau Mau Revolt" by Marguerite Michaels Time Monday, March 31, 2003; accessed 30 November 2013