Mwangeka Wa Malowa - jumabekavus great great great grandfather: TBT

Mwangeka Wa Malowa
A hero, powerful soldier and chief of Taita people, whose exact date of birth is not yet known, though believed to have been born in 1842 at Mwanda Kwa Weni Ngasu. He was a married person, married to three wives. The first wife was Mrs. Zighe Mshote from Mrughuwa,Msudu village. Second wife was from Bura, Mrs. Mfwa Mwaghowa, from Kashinyi village and the third wife, Mrs. Mfwa Ndaghina from Mwanda Njawuli. From the three wives, Mwangeka had four sons and two daughters. One of his surviving granddaughters Mrs. Maurine Ari Chorongo, was born in 1945. This is the fifth daughter to Mwaumba. Mwaumba died at the age of 91 years.
He was one of Kenya heroes who led their communities in fighting the colonial Rule in the 19th century. He is remembered as a power maintainer amongst the Taita Taveta Community. He attained the greatest respect as a hero and Commander of Taita Military Troops. The armed troops under his command commandeered all security threatened areas and the Business road from MacKinnon road, (Taru) Maungu, Voi, Mwatate, Taveta to Kilimanjaro from Mombasa. While in central Business route from MacKinnon road (Taru), Maungu, Taveta (Tuweta), up to Kilimanjaro the coastal Businessmen, the Sultan family was forced to pay the taxes before they could get permission to pass through either from Mombasa to Kilimanjaro or from the Kilimanjaro to Mombasa. Some of the Businessmen agreed to sign treaties (Agreement or Mtero) with Mwangeka Wa Malowa which would assure their safety or security while crossing from Kilimanjaro to Mombasa or from Mombasa to Kilimanjaro. The Taita Military command under the command of Mwengeka Wa Malowa did annoy so much the coastal businessmen and lowered the respect of the leadership of the Sultan.
While Mwangeka Wa Malowa Military command, in control of Taita Taveta security was shining, the British colony was planning on how to invade Kenya under the Imperial British East Africa Company. The plan of invading Taita Taveta by the colonies was given military support by coastal businessmen and the Sultan. In 1892, Captain Welson took command of the British soldiers and those of the Sultan to invade and destabilize Mwangeka’s leadership and military strength, with a purpose of raising the British flag and install colonial rule.
The military invasion to Taita land by the British soldiers was handled with a lot of inhuman torture, burnt houses, destroyed other properties and killed innocent unarmed people. The British colonial Army came in combat with the Mwangeka soldiers at Mwashoti, Mlughi village near Mrughua, where heavy military power exchange broke.
It took one month resistance on British soldier’s efforts to penetrate to Taita Hills or upper villages. This strong resistance by the Mwangeka troops forced Captain Nelson of the British command to order for a tactical military withdrawal (retreat) for the purpose of more technical and tactical planning.
While on their withdrawal, they sent their military intelligent corps and scouts to villages where they managed to come across Mr. Mbogholi wa Samaghembe from Bura location whom they bribed and accepted to release Mwangeka wa Malowa’s fighting tactics. Mr. Mbogholi we Samaghembe being a Taita person and resident of Bura, the most insecurity affected part of the Taita due to Arab caravans passage route , when he aapproached Mwangeka wa Malowa for advice on how to combat the invading enemies (Mwangeka) he gave him all the fighting tactics in good faith. After gathering all intelligent report from Mbogholi wa Samaghembe, through their intelligence corps, Captain Nelson, armed with full confidence commanded troops , advancing through Mlughi village, burning houses , destroyed properties and killing innocent unarmed citizens. Mr. Isanga Iwishi, a man from Mrugua sent a word to Mwanda that things have gone wrong. Wananchi at Bura and Mwashoti area were being terrorized. On receipt of the word, logistic team urgently met for reorganization: Fortune tellers (walaghui) team revealed that there was total danger. They saw Mwangeka wa Malowa’s death.
Mwangeka was therefore advised not to join the troops. But considering the situation on how the word came, the innocent persons were perishing and the enemies were advancing to Mrughua where his in-laws resided, he could not manage to remain behind. He and his friend Mr. Mnjala wa Ruma took command of the fight troops and advanced towards the battle field at Mwashoti. At Mwashoti and Mlughi village Mwengeka soldiers met very strong resistance from the British soldiers. Mwangeka ordered for withdrawal to organize for reinforcement. An urgent demand for more soldiers was made to Werugha, Wumingu and Mbale. It was unfortunate that they did not come in good time.
Since the British soldiers were advancing up the hills in full force, Mwangeka and his troops could not keep waiting for more reinforcement. He advanced to the front line and got in combat with a strong British force at Mrughua. His troops advanced down the hill through arrows to counter attack the British force but unfortunately a British soldier’s bullet managed its way to Mwangeka’s body. Mwangeka’s troops could not believe their eyes.
Mbogholi wa Samaghembe had sold Mwangeka by releasing vital information on how Mwangeka wa Malowa played his magic military tactics. So many of Mwangeka soldiers were killed and others wounded. This forced Mnjala wa Ruma to give a withdrawal military order. As they were retreating, other soldiers ran to Mwanda and all the people were ordered to move out of their houses and go for a hide at Vuria cave which was easy to guard. While at Vuria cave, Mr. Mnjala Ruma announced to the community members that Mwangeka wa Malowa was no longer alive. The white people had killed him and gone with his body, and they could not recover his head. The message was received with a lot of sorrow and the way the situation was, nobody was allowed to cry, though they all hived and Vuria cave released a thunderous sound “Woo… woo… woo………woo”
The British soldiers came to Mwanda, burnt houses and destroyed a lot of properties while Mwanda people were at the cave. The French missionaries were planning on peace reconciliation between Taita people and the British colonial Representatives. Therefore, the arrangement for ending the war between the Taita people and the British colonial and the installation of the British rule was administered and witnessed by French missionaries at Bura mission centre. After the installation of the British colonial rule, the coastal businessmen (Arabs) started demanding to get slaves from Taita for compensation of their properties that were being confiscated by the Mwangeka soldiers while on their route either from Mombasa to Kilimanjaro or from Kilimanjaro to Mombasa.


Hapo sawa. Hii long read nitasoma kesho sahii nimelewa

ES mbona unaandika historia kama Bible?

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Very sad. When will we be able to colonize arabs? If that time will come and happens to be dead, God help me to reincarnate as african hitler.

Kuna Taita cultural night inacome on 9th Dec, hii maneno nimeskia kwa committee, had never heard of
Mwangeka Wa Malowa till an hour ago

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Stori noma sana


Mbona unaagusha wadawida? You’re the one supposed to be giving us this narrative. I’ve never realised that your people played such an important part in the struggle for independence.
cc @Wakanyama.

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Mbaraki kutakua na mvua ya yellow yellow, be there

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He he he…
what time?

From 6 mpaka chee

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Kizungu na kutype kwangu shida. Lakini ujuwe hata Jomo Kenyatta tulimficha wakati wa struggle ya Uhuru.

Ukinipata face to face nitakupea story mob ya Taita history.

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Mzee used to visit those caves every time he was in Taita

A good people…I lived with them for some years…

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For all of you who are reading this peace of history, and you are not ‘mdawida tiki’ you need my translation of the words and photos of some of the places mentioned in this peace. Wait until I sober up.

Wah! Leo nimeongea kizungu kwa kijiji!. Aki pombe ni nzuri. @gashwin & @introvert all I can tell you is ‘geeerrarahiaa meen, geeerarahia’.


Nimeachia hapo kwa thieves.

Ata ndugu pamba alimumunya kizungu yaliojiri tunayajua. Itabidi ulale chini ya kitanda

Thank you Meria. Historia ya Kenya ni pana.
This is beyond the usual names and regions favored by popular history tellers.

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They deliberately forgot Mwangeke Wa Mwalowa in the history books

I always thought Mwangeka is a female name