A CNN international correspondent claims Friday that Queen Elizabeth II, who died on Thursday, was “not universally loved in Africa”.
“The fairy tale is that Queen Elizabeth rose to the treetops here in Kenya a princess and descended a queen – because it was when she was here in Kenya that she learned that her father had died and that she should be the queen,” Larry Madowo said in an interview:
But it was also the beginning of the eight years that followed the repression of the Kenyan colonial government. The British colonial government brutally suppressed the Mau Mau rebellion against the colonial administration. They herded more than a million people into concentration camps, where they were tortured and dehumanized.
And so across the African continent, there have been people who have said, “I will not mourn Queen Elizabeth because my ancestors suffered great atrocities under her people and she never fully acknowledged that.
Queen Elizabeth was not universally loved in Africa.
My live report on CNN about colonialism, fairy tales and Africans who refuse to mourn his death pic.twitter.com/1PyK2l6vqZ
—Larry Madowo (@LarryMadowo) September 9, 2022
However, the British government later apologized and agreed to pay £19.9 million (about $30 million) to Kenyans tortured during the Mau Mau uprising, Breitbart News reported in 2013.
Despite recent criticism, thousands gathered outside Buckingham Palace to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II.
“She was brilliant,” an elderly man told Breitbart London on Friday. “She was calm, controlled, dignified. She barely took the wrong foot.
“She was a good example for everyone to follow. She represents all that is good in the UK,” he added.
On Thursday, Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson commented on Britain’s relationship with Africa, asking, “What happened after the British Empire?” How, for example, did Africa behave after the departure of the British?
“Let’s see. Uganda got Idi Amin, who was a cannibal. Rhodesia became Zimbabwe, then became the poorest country on earth under racist madman Robert Mugabe. Tonight South Africa is still being wiped out by an incompetent kleptocrat called Cyril Ramaphosa,” he continued.
“And now, of course, the whole African continent has a new master: the Chinese government. China is the last colonial power to dominate Africa. His subjects will soon be pining for the British, assuming they aren’t already,” Carlson added.