BlackLivesMatter may be rearing its head in a controversial in Kenya as two Kenyan lawyers have petitioned Members of Parliament calling for the renaming – and in some cases the removal – of landmarks that “represent British imperial rule”.
The lawyers want Lake Victoria, Thomson Falls, Abedare as part of the landmarks that should be given new names.
Wambugu Wanjohi and Kariuki Karanja believe the move “…reflect the progressive cultural identity of Kenyan people” or commemorate “Kenyan heroes and that colonial iconography, symbols [and] monuments” should be removed and replaced with monuments that “promote national values and unity”.
Mr Karanja said he and his colleague were inspired by events in other countries where statues glorifying imperialism have been torn down.
The move to ‘decolonise’ Africa of ‘unpalatable slavery/colonial past gained prominence at the heels of the BlackLivesMatter that floods the world to date.
After the killing of George Floyd in the United States, which was, one of many ‘racial killings’ targeted at Black people, according to protesters, Africans globally and thosw who stand with them have been campaigning that statues, landmarks and other artefacts that validate ‘colonialism’ should be be purge from the continent.