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Hola GK: Inside Prison Where Jaramogi Odinga Was Detained

Many Kenyans, including the current vice president, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, spent time at the notorious Hola GK Prison, which has become a symbol of colonial brutality.

In 1959, British colonial authorities executed one of the most terrible atrocities in the history of the incarceration centre known as Jaramogi, located in the unknown Hola GK Prisons.

According to historian Soskic Franc, "by then, Hola was offered a horrific prison camp for some 506 detainees, of which 127 were detained in a remote "closed camp."

As time went on, the tables turned on Jaramogi and the other political leaders who had been so aggressively demanding that the British give Kenya independence.

Good morning, GK Penal Institutions

Jaramogi was confined and lost in the common prison life he shared with ragtag warriors twenty-four years after the 1959 Hola massacre.

Jaramogi was incarcerated for 18 months at Hola Prison, where he renewed his patriotism, courage, and radically unbowed spirit, as well as his resolve to avoid dying behind bars.

Despite being locked up in 1983, Jaramogi continued to advocate for greater political freedom in his homeland.

However, when Jaramogi was released from prison 18 months later, the strategy to rehabilitate him from his radical beliefs on democracy failed.

Prison officials were taken aback when Jaramogi, although incarcerated, choose to fight for the liberation of Kenyans rather than perform manual labour or follow government commands.

Saludos, GK Penitentiaries

After serving his time, Jaramogi returned directly to national politics, and more specifically to the movement that eventually gave rise to multi-party democracy.

It is documented that during pre-independence negotiations with the British, Jaramogi declined to become Kenya's first Prime Minister.

To assume power in Kenya, he pleaded with the British to free Jomo Kenyatta from jail. During the early years of Kenya's independence, Kenyatta and Jaramogi were close companions.

Five trees that he planted at the prison, which is home to snakes and scorpions, are still standing today.

Both trees are in secure areas; one is still being planed near the entrance, and the other is in the centre of the property.

Hello GK The blood of countless unsung heroes and those who fought for independence is splattered on the prison walls.

British soldiers transferred a number of devoted oath-taking Mau Mau revolt warriors to Hola before the independence movement, where they tortured them and forced them to repudiate their culture.

Those captives who were the least cooperative, whether they were from the Mount Kenya region or elsewhere in Kenya, were sent to the far-flung Hola detention camp.

The camp commandant "outlined a scheme that would force 88 of the inmates to bend to work" as the camp grew, Soskic wrote.

On March 3, 1959, all hell broke free as 11 inmates were clubbed to death by guards.

On the other hand, all 77 of the surviving captives were severely injured, some of which ultimately proved fatal.

Numerous colonialist deaths have been attributed to Kenyan freedom fighters.


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