They were worried that the advent of war could disrupt labor supply in colonial Kenya because it could spark off flights of young men afraid of forced labor as happened during World War I when young men were summoned to barazas
[meetings] with colonial officials and were virtually kidnapped when they came to those meetings.
Women were neither allowed to take part in economic activities nor attend barazas
(meetings), and always took the back seat in development matters in the community.
Popular communicative spaces reminiscent of the barazas
of yore, need to be urgently created to enable the peoples of East Africa articulate freely their opinions and help chart their own destiny.
Government agents have in the past held weekly barazas
(meetings) on the impact of deforestation, but with the refugees, they have become aloof and the hosts feel discriminated against in favour of the refugees.