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Henry Muoria, Public Moralist

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This chapter introduces Henry Muoria as a public moralist among his Kikuyu people and political journalist for a future Kenyan nationeach of them a problematic, multiple, identityin the context of his time, place, intellectual tradition, and polemical arena. The intimate violence that, typically, had first imposed political unity on the future nation or bought its freedom from unjust rule, whether by means of ethnic, dynastic, or religious war, even massacre, had to be written out of the public narrative. The chapter, accordingly, having explored his time and place, must go on to situate Muoria within his Kikuyu intellectual tradition, show how his thought departed from that of his predecessors and how, too, within his own polemical arena, he differed from some of his contemporaries. The two preceding schools of Kikuyu thought may be called dynastic and generational.

Keywords: Henry Muoria; Kenyan nation; Kikuyu people; public moralist



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