Angela Okune Annotations

What frameworks have been mobilized to articulate this STS innovation?

Monday, August 5, 2019 - 4:54pm

AO: This quote was bolded in the original text to indicate it as an extract from Musembi's 1985 book entitled "Archives Management: The Kenyan Experience" and highlights a sense of pan-Africanism and united common struggle of African archival scientists.

It is hoped that Kenya’s successful programme in retrieving its migrated archives will have broader significance particularly for those countries in East and Central Africa with which we share so much in terms of historical and record creation. The similarities during the colonial period in policy and procedures, both by official administrations and non-official agencies, has resulted in common sources of records. The more closely these countries link their efforts to investigate and gain access to the sources in Britain, the more successful their efforts will be.

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What geographic and temporal contexts characterize this STS innovation?

Monday, August 5, 2019 - 4:47pm

AO: This quote highlights the use of fire(s) (also mentioned in Fedha 1972) to destroy many of the colonial government's documents and the supposed rationale for why the documents were destroyed.

On 7 September 1961, the East African Standard reported that many classified documents, including reports compiled during the Mau Mau emergency, had already been burnt. When enquiries were made about this incident, the then Permanent Secretary in the Chief Secretary’s Office, Mr T. Neil, stated that the destruction of documents was a standing exercise because of shortage of storage space. (3) We now know that the main reason why valuable Mau Mau records were destroyed was rather because they contained valuable yet sensitive information which the colonial administration did not wish to hand over to the next African government. We shall never be able to establish how many records were destroyed.

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