THE SOMALI RESISTANCE IN KENYA

Somali resistance was small scale active resistance fought against the Somali people in north Eastern Kenya against the British to protect their land for pastoralist activities such as livestock pasture and waste.

Somali people being pastoralists they practiced nomadic life means moving with their cattle from one place to another searching for water and pastures.

The presence or imposition of British on their land disturbed their activities of pastoralist which was their main economic activities, therefore the Somalis reacted against British by making a number of attacks in the British areas such as Yonte the British outpost; but British was able to defeat the Somali in 1901 after sending their armed forces.

CAUSES OF THE SOMALI RESISTANCE

1. Land alienation

The British took the best land to which Somali depended for pastoralist activities for pasture and water.

1. Interference of Somali economic activities.
2. British harsh rule.

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