His name was Rawson Mbugua Macharia .He was born in 1911 at Gathurumbi village in Thika. Rawson was the key prosecution witness at the trial of the Kapenguria Six who included Kenya's first president, Jomo Kenyatta which landed the six men in jail for six months. The Kapenguria six members were arrested in 1952 for the offence of managing Mau Mau.
Macharia was the one who testified at this trail that in March 1950, he had taken one of the Mau Mau oaths at Kenyatta's hands. He further claimed that the oath-taking involved stripping naked and drinking human blood.Macharia's submissions were the only evidence of a direct link between Kenyatta and Mau Mau produced before the court and actually according to Kenyatta, the claims were false accusations.
In 1958, Macharia swore an affidavit to the effect that he and six others had perjured themselves at the trial. The prosecution witnesses, he claimed, had been coached, and some of them were rewarded with plots of land at the Coast. He had himself been offered a university course in public administration at Exeter University, protection for his family, and a government job on his return from the UK. The affidavit was backed by a letter, apparently from the Attorney-General at the time of the trial, detailing the promised benefits.It was proven that he lied the trial and enjoyed the promised benefits.
It's so bad. He died in 2008 after being hit by a motorcycle.
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