The resons for the Akamba defeat by the British in Kenya

The following explains why the Akamba were defeated by the British.

  • Some of them were weakened by the 1899 famine.
  • They lost their source of livelihood as their caravan trade and raiding activities were disrupted.
  • Self-seeking opportunists emerge, who allied and enriched themselves with the colonial agents.
  • Some Akamba were pacified by Missionaries as their religious beliefs and traditional practices were undermined.
  • They lacked coordination in their resistance since they were a highly segmented society.

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