Thursday, September 18, 2008

Dedan Kimathi and Me III: Kionyo Patrol, early days

aFor four or five days, while the local population established the Police Station, we slept in the open and suffered the encroachment of cloud that went with our 8,000-foot-high location. Conditions were cold and damp. The eleven of us lay in a circle around the Land Rover that contained our radio link to Meru. Unidentified animal life circled around us, presumably curious about our intrusion into their area. On one occasion Albino, an Acholi who was armed with a Greener shotgun, opened fire on an approaching entity. We discovered a dead hyena in close proximity to our circle.

Read more from Peter Swan on a series on Dedan Kimathi.