HISTORY SHORTS: LUKAS PKECH AND THE KOLLOA RISING

LUKAS PKECH (d. 1950) was a Pokot spiritual leader and one of the early heroes of Kenya’s struggle for independence. On the Afternoon of April 24th 1950, at Kolloa (Present Baringo District), Pkech and his followers made their last and courageous stand during a stand-off with the colonial authorities led by a British District Officer named Alan Stevens.

When it was all over, Pkech and 28 of his followers had been shot dead in what is today remembered as the “Kolloa Affray”, “Kolloa Rising” or the “Kolloa Massacre”. District Officer Stevens and 3 other police officers were also killed during the confrontation.

Pkech had earlier escaped from prison In July 1949 where he had been serving a 30 month prison term for belonging to an illegal movement (Dini Ya Msambwa). Dini ya Msambwa whose leader was Elijah Masinde had been declared illegal in February 1948.

The Kolloa Affray was certainly a prelude to the bloodletting that occurred in Kenya’s fight for independence between 1950 and 1960.

 


Read more about Lukas Pkech:

  1. Elijah Masinde: A Biography (Makers of Kenya’s History). May 1998 by Vincent G. Simiyu
  2. Mau Mau & Nationhood: Arms, Authority & Narration. edited by E. S. Atieno Odhiambo, John Lonsdale. 2003. ISBN-13: 978-0821414842
  3. A History of the Quaker Movement in Africa. by Ane Marie Bak Rasmussen.1995.
  4. THE KOLLOA AFFRAY, KENYA, 1950 District Officer Alan Stevens, Colonial Service. http://www.britainssmallwars.co.uk/the-kolloa-affray-kenya-1950.html

 

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