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The untold story of Edna Clarke: The ties that bind Kenyatta to the UK - 12 months ago, 22 Apr 10:12

Nairobian Reporter

Sandgate, three kilometres East of Torrington, in the beautiful wooded countryside with spectacular views of South Downs in England was where the future President of Kenya went to escape the vagaries of World War II.

The bracken and silver birches punctuating woods and farmlands made Jomo Kenyatta feel like he was in rural Ichaweri. No wonder he kept kienyeji chicken and cultivated vegetables and tomatoes.

Kenyatta worked part time at the tomato hothouse section of garden marketers, AG Linfield & Sons, in between giving lectures at the Workers Education Centre, where he met Edna Grace Clarke, a teacher.

Edna had taken to liking the man who easily found four-pound (Sh20) a day jobs in West Sussex, due to labour shortage occasioned by the war, and gave lectures - on colonial themes - to soldiers under the Forces Educational Scheme.

So, when her parents were killed in an air raid, Kenyatta’s sympathies and shoulder to ...
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