I know an old gentleman who served as a 22 year old National Service officer in Kenya. He never saw action because there was very little but a regular job was for him and 5 men to take a 9 year old boy to football practice. One afternoon he was not at the pick up point so they went to the farmhouse to check and they feared the worst but before they went in his Sargent said; Its OK Sir if you want to stay outside. But he went in and quote "The place was like a butchers shop" The freedom fighters had tied his parents up and made them watch while the chopped the boy up 3 to 4 inches at a time starting at his feet. They then got the same treatment but he did not say if his mother was first staked out and gang raped in front of her husband as happened elsewhere. I heard of one settler who lost his wife in this fashion said; Don't tell a Mau Mau 20 into 1 will not go because he can tell you it will.
It is interesting when they were all in London getting compensation their supporters kept saying "But they only killed 28 Europeans!" They did not say that in one attack they burned 120 African old men woman and children in a single night but I guess Africans burning Africans is not worth a mention. Why settle out of Court - Guilt? Concealing the truth? I go for the second because race relations are edgy enough in the UK and better the embarrassment of paying them off quietly without the possible backlash against elderly gang rapists and arsonists.
I happen to have read the armies post-campaign appraisal that concluded "It was a very low key affair because the brutality of Mau Mau meant they got no outside help"
I wonder about the motivation of this book coming out as one Senator Barak Hussian Obama was making his run for the White House. His father was to some degree involved in Mau Mau and any connection with blood drinking gang rapists would not do him any good. What better way to divert attention than a good British Colonial atrocity story?
60 years ago Mau Mau behavior was considered savage everywhere but now they are good old anti colonialist freedom fighters. That's progress.