Jomo Kenyatta, Priscilla Muthoni Leakey and Male and Female circumcision Among Kenya’s Kikuyus In Old Times

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(Mzee Jomo Kenyatta)

Jomo Kenyatta, his two stays in Europe of 1929 to 1930 and 1931 to 1946, how he could speak German, his bitter verbal clash in Kikuyu with Dr. Louis Leakey in London around the year 1935, the little known Priscilla Muthoni Leakey, female and male circumcision among the Kikuyu in the olden days, and why as a result, many naughty White women and many naughty White girls actively chased Kikuyu men in Britain from as early as around the year 1904:

Did you know that Jomo Kenyatta could speak German? Jomo Kenyatta must have also been fluent in Russian too, to a certain good extent:

During Jomo Kenyatta’s 38th memorial service of 22nd August 2016 at Holy Family Cathedral in Nairobi, President Uhuru Kenyatta invited the Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga to say a word. Raila Odinga studied in what was then known as East Germany and still remains fluent in German.

Raila Odinga spoke of a time around the year 1965, when he had come home on holiday. His father Oginga Odinga was at the time Kenya’s Vice-President and Minister for Home Affairs. Then Kenyan President Jomo Kenyatta, had visited the Odingas at their Kisumu home, and while being introduced to the Odinga family, was told that Raila studied in East Germany and was home on holiday. “Really?,” Jomo Kenyatta responded, upon which Jomo Kenyatta began a conversation in German with Raila that lasted about five minutes.

Everyone else in the room was dumbfounded, no one else in the room understood German, and no one else in the room understood what Jomo & Raila were discussing. Interesting, right?

And why must Jomo also have been fluent in Russian too to a certain extent?

Jomo Kenyatta was in Europe for a total of 16 years. What was then known as the Kikuyu Central Association (KCA), sent Jomo Kenyatta (then Johnstone Kenyatta), to the United Kingdom in 1929 to articulate the grievances of Kenya’s Kikuyus to the British Colonial Secretary. The Kikuyu Central Association (KCA), later morphed into the Kenya African Study Union (KASU), the Kenya African Union (KAU), and finally in 1961, the Kenya African National Union (KANU).

Jomo Kenyatta returned back to Kenya in 1930 “empty handed,” spent a few months in Kenya, and was again re-deployed by the KCA in 1931 to the United Kingdom to once again engage the British Colonial Secretary on grievances in Kenya’s Kikuyu community. What worked to Jomo’s tremendous advantage is that he and James Beauttah were the only KCA members at the time who could speak English. Initially, it was the then KCA Secretary-General Joseph Kangethe, after whom Nairobi’s Joseph Kangethe Road and Joseph Kangethe Social Hall are named, who was chosen to go to the United Kingdom in 1929, but Joseph Kangethe could not speak English.

The KCA were most certainly disappointed that Jomo had come back “empty handed” in 1930, and would have preferred to send James Beauttah to the United Kingdom on the second assignment in 1931, but Beauttah had gotten a good job in Uganda with the then equivalent of the East African Postal Services, thus declining the KCA offer.

So Jomo again lands in the United Kingdom in 1931 where he would be for the next 15 years i.e. until 1946.

At a certain point during his second stay in Europe of 1931 to 1946, Jomo decided to experiment with Communism, moving to Moscow with George Padmore, after whom Nairobi’s George Padmore Road is named. This was before the outbreak of World War II. Both were enrolled into some sort of induction program for new “converts” to Communism.

The brand of Communism practised by the Russians was very demanding and indoctrinating, verging on fanaticism, and Jomo found this overbearing and overwhelming. The legend goes that amongst other things, Jomo was expected to renounce his beliefs and loyalties to Kikuyu Customary Law, and adopt Communism as his new “religion.” Jomo and Padmore, who was from the Caribbean, both resisted going this far, and the Russians became suspicious of both, feeling they were British spies. Someone tipped Jomo and Padmore about the possibility of being eliminated by the Russians, and both took a chance, and escaped in the dead of the night. They were lucky and spent days and nights on the run between Moscow and London, sometimes walking on foot, sometimes hiking lifts on trucks, and sometimes as stowaways on trains. Lucky for them, there were no satellites, cell phones or Global Postioning System (GPS) in those days.

Jomo never liked talking about his time in Russia for the rest of his life.

Jomo and Raila communicating in German, is reminiscent of a similar exchange in Kikuyu between Jomo Kenyatta and Dr. Louis Leakey in London around the year 1935. Dr. Louis Leakey (father of Priscilla Muthoni Leakey, Dr. Richard Leakey, Dr. Jonathan Leakey and Hon. Philip Leakey) and Dr. Louis Leakey’s father Harry Leakey, both spoke excellent Kikuyu, and both Harry Leakey and Dr. Louis Leakey are credited with the most thorough compilation on Kikuyu Customary Law so far i.e. “The Southern Kikuyu before 1903.” Not even Jomo Kenyatta’s “Facing Mt. Kenya” of 1938 is as detailed as “The Southern Kikuyu before 1903.”

According to Jomo Kenyatta’s 1938 book “Facing Mt. Kenya,” Dr. Louis Leakey was in London around the year 1935 attending a conference on African culture, with Dr. Leakey at the head of a delegation that opposed female circumcision amongst the Kikuyu. Jomo Kenyatta was at the same conference, with Jomo supporting female circumcision amongst the Kikuyu.

According to “Facing Mt. Kenya,” things got heated at a certain point when both Jomo and Dr. Leakey were on the floor making their contributions, tempers flared and Jomo and Dr. Leakey went at each other in Kikuyu in a brutal and hostile verbal exchange that lasted about a minute or two, in which both men used every possible insult in Kikuyu of the times on each other, almost coming to blows. As in 1965 above, the audience in 1935 was also dumbfounded and perplexed, wondering what language the White man (Dr. Leakey) and Black man (Jomo), on stage were communicating in. Both men became good friends after this and remained so until 1972 when Dr. Louis Leakey passed away.

As a boy Dr. Louis Leakey was circumcised with Kikuyu boys his age around the year 1915. Dr. Louis Leakey was born on 7th August 1903.

His daughter by his first marriage i.e. Priscilla Leakey was given a local female Kikuyu name i.e. Muthoni, and Muthoni insisted throughout her life on using only her first two names and on only being addressed by her first two names, which could get interesting at times.

For example, here in Kenya to this day, when you call out a name like Priscilla Muthoni in e.g. a Banking Hall, you expect a response from either a dark skinned or light skinned Kikuyu lady, so whenever the name Priscilla Muthoni was called out in her time, and a “Mzungu” lady (i.e. a White lady) responded, there was always the element of “No Madam, I asked for Priscilla Muthoni,” and Muthoni would always respond “Yes, that’s me,” though Muthoni never lost patience with these repeated cycles and insisted on just using her first two names all her life i.e. Priscilla Muthoni.

And regarding circumcision among the Kikuyu in the olden days, there was a provision among Kikuyu boys to compensate for circumcision of Kikuyu girls.

In other words, female circumcision among the Kikuyu in the olden days involved the removal of the girl’s clitoris, so there was “science and artwork” in the circumcision of Kikuyu male boys to compensate for this, so that the foreskin from circumcised Kikuyu boys was reattached at the precise points on their penises, that would in future make contact with the female sexual organ. In other words in the olden days, penises of Kikuyu men had artifical external protusions at the pricise points where they were meant to make contact with the female sexual organs of Kikuyu women.

Jomo Kenyatta was circumcised the old fashioned way, though it is unclear if Dr. Louis Leakey was also circumcised the old fashioned way.

This practice no longer exists, though as recently as the 1970s, there were still quite a number of Kikuyu men who insisted that their sons would be circumcised the old fashioned way, so there are quite a number of Kikuyu men today aged about 50 years and above who are circumcised the old fashioned way.

Now here is something interesting about the old fashioned way of male circumsion amongst the Kenya’s Kikuyus i.e. the legend goes that many Kikuyu men of the olden days, Jomo Kenyatta included, who travelled to Europe for military training with the Kings African Rifles (KAR), or for other matters, from as early as around the years the years 1904/1905/1906, and who had sexual relations with White women and White girls in Britain, became an instant heat with White women and White girls, and had to therefore e.g. switch off “their cell phones” semi-permanently to avoid them.

Many White ladies and White girls just could not get enough of these African male sexual organs with “free offer” attachments to them i.e. “buy one, get half free.” It is something White women had never experienced and so Kikuyu Kings African Rifles (KAR) soldiers from Kenya and other Kikuyus in Britain at the time for one reason or another starting from around the year 1904 going forward, were constantly on the radar of naughty White women and naughty White girls.

Even Jomo Kenyatta himself, the legend goes, had to frequently “duck” from many White women and White girls because of this, during his two stays in Europe of 1929 to 1930 and 1931 to 1946.

Quite a number of Maa boys and Samburu boys of Kenya are still circumcised this way even today, which probably explains why naughty White women from Europe, still actively seek Maa men and Samburu men of Kenya for “one night stands” or “indefinite one night stands.”

Interesting, right?

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