Judge Who Tried to Recruit Kenyan President into Freemasonry

  • The Freemasons secret society has been shrouded in secrecy, myths, and conspiracies but its influence in Kenya’s history has never been in doubt. 

    So powerful is the society that they at one time attempted to recruit founding President Mzee Kenyatta and then Head of Public Service Duncan Ndegwa. 

    The details are contained in Ndegwa’s book Walking in Kenyatta’s struggles where the career civil servant shares anecdotes as Kenyatta’s aide. 

    Mzee Jomo Kenyatta with traditional dancers at the State House, Nakuru, in May 1976.

    He writes that at one time, a judge of the Court of Appeal Kwash Udum tried to recruit the first president into freemasonry.

    At the time, there were many African elites who had been invited to join the cult and asked not to reveal what was said or done in the freemason lodges.

    When Kwash asked Kenyatta to join the cult, the old man was vexed and he almost destroyed the freemasonry organisation in Kenya.

    He was, however, stopped by then Attorney General Charles Njonjo who argued that it was harmless.

    Ndegwa added that the freemasonry organisation would later run freely during late President Daniel arap Moi’s reign.

    Freemasonry is linked to the British Royal family and is protected by the head of the British Empire. Many members of The Royal Family are known to be Freemasons.

    In the book, Ndegwa noted that freemasonry encouraged slavery in Black Africa. The former Central Bank Governor adds that it is his belief that the organisation’s members have been behind some of the atrocities that have continued long after Kenya became an independent state. 

    “Its greatest Cecil Rhodes was the founder of what we now call apartheid- the system in which Africans were to be relegated to a class of sub-human and excluded therefore from the white man civilization,” reads an excerpt from the book.

    Some of the members the society claimed membership over include; Lord Delamare, Colonel Grogan and many prominent settlers in Kenya.

    Freemasons defined Nairobi’s early Architecture, building some of the most unique and strong buildings.

    In the capital city of Kenya, Nairobi, some of the buildings built by the freemasons include; Parliament, the All Saint’s Cathedral, McMillan Library, Kipande House, Pan Africa House, National Archives, State House, Kenya Railways headquarters, High Court, and City Hall.

    Former Presidents Jomo Kenyatta (left) and Daniel arap Moi (right) at an event in the 1970s

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