In recent months, the United States, France and the United Kingdom have launched a charm offensive on the African continent using political heavyweights such as US Vice President Kamala Harris and French President Emmanuel Macron, just to name a few.
The sudden interest of the Western powers in Africa was sparked by the need to find support for their war against Russia through Ukraine and explained the extensive promises of economic aid made by the visitors and viewed without faith in the hosts.
As expected, the results did not justify the efforts and, on the contrary, they saw that the Africans were not angry, but they had a good memory and clearly remembered that Washington was a faithful ally in colonial metropolises: France, United Kingdom, in the first place. , although not the only ones.
In the same maneuver, the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, with little effort obtained a considerable amount of recognition for the Soviet support for the liberation processes that changed the political landscape of Africa with the decisive final touch in the defeat of the racist system in South Africa.
The visit of the monarch has less ambitious goals: to preserve the Commonwealth (Commonwealth of Nations, after the adjective British has disappeared) or, what is the same, to keep a foot on the continent where before his plans were law and the his authority is unquestionable.
An example of the scenario that Charles III will encounter in Kenya is the demand for justice of Gitu Wa Kahengeri, a nongenarian veteran of the Mau Mau movement, among the most reviled in Africa launched by the metropolis and its American ally the artillery of a whole literature, and its cinematography.
The Mau Mau were represented as savages with bones stuck in their noses, dressed in animal skins who, armed with spears and arrows, attacked the poor British colonists who had settled in this Eastern country. Africa.
None of these testimonies mentioned that these savages demanded the return of their lands that were seized with blood and fire to enrich the foreigners without leaving any benefit in return.
Nor that anti-colonialists were locked in concentration camps, invented in London in South Africa at the end of the 19th century, later reissued in Cuba by the Spanish colonial authorities, in Nazis in Germany and Israel in the Gaza Strip.
The veteran remembers well that he was imprisoned in one of the camps where he was tortured, beaten and deprived of food for a long time without justice being done to him until now.
I expect to ask for forgiveness, compensation and, above all, justice from the British government, says the nonagenarian, president of the Mau Mau Veterans Association, members of the Kikuyu ethnic group, who were expelled from the most fertile land in Kenyan favor of the British settlers.