Historic photo marks Kenyan independence

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On the 53rd anniversary of Kenyan independence, I was interested to receive this photo from reader Magan Chauhan, marking an important moment in the east African country’s history.

The road to Kenyan independence was bloody, with many atrocities inflicted by both the Mau Mau rebels and regime forces throughout the 1950s.

However, following suppression of the uprising, open elections were held in May 1963, with Kenya achieving internal self-government with Jomo Kenyatta as its first president.

After 68 years of British rule, on December 12, 1963, Kenya attained independence as a Commonwealth realm, with Queen Elizabeth II as head of state.