The Real reason Obama Loathes The British…Grandfather Tortured In Kenyan Prison
By Zoe Brennan
and Paul Orengoh
Uk Daily Mail
June 19, 2010
The Kenyan bowed his head as his captors opened the prison cell door to deliver another brutal whipping – a punishment meted out after he was accused of taking part in the independence movement against the British colonial authorities.
The man had been working as a cook for a British Army officer. And his name? Hussein Onyango Obama – President Barack Obama’s paternal grandfather.
He had been arrested in 1949 and jailed for two years in a high-security prison. There, according to his family, he was subjected to horrific violence. They say British soldiers used torture in an effort to get him to reveal rebel secrets.
‘The African warders were instructed by the white soldiers to whip him every morning and evening till he repented,’ says Sarah Onyango, Hussein Onyango’s third wife, and the woman President Obama calls ‘Granny Sarah’.
Mrs Onyango, now 89, says ‘white soldiers’ visited the prison every two or three days to carry out ‘disciplinary action’ on the inmates in, what she terms, ‘the British torture chambers’.
She details awful abuse. ‘They would squeeze his private parts (testicles) with parallel metallic rods. They also pierced his nails and buttocks with a sharp pin, with his hands and legs tied together with his head facing down,’ she says.
‘There were beatings and torture. That was the time we realised that the British were actually not friends but, instead, enemies. My husband had worked so diligently for them, only to be arrested and detained. He called the British “beasts and traitors in human skin”.‘
This week, she told the Mail in an exclusive interview that she believes that learning of the torture meted out to his grandfather turned her grandson, the U.S. President, against Britain. Sitting under a mango tree in the garden of her modest home in Kogelo village, Kenya, surrounded by the family’s chickens, cows and goat, she recalls telling Barack Obama his family history on his first visit to Kenya in 1988.
‘I narrated the whole story to Barack one evening to help him understand our family’s past. He wasn’t amused at all. He expressed quite a lot of concern about why the British had to punish his grandfather “on his own soil”.
‘It was like a death camp. Detainees died from torture’
‘He said the whole act sounded barbaric. He wondered why the British never respected African culture. The arrest, he said, was outrageous.’ Shockingly, she adds: ‘Generally, my grandson has never believed the British do anything for a common good, rather than their selfish interests.’
Did British soldiers really torture President Obama’s grandfather?
As we will see, some elements of this highly emotive story have been twisted through the passage of time.
But whatever the truth, these bitter tales form part of the Obama family folklore, and seem to have left the U.S. President with a vehemently anti-British outlook.
So has Obama’s memory of his grandfather’s treatment influenced his aggressive reaction to BP over its handling of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill?
The Government has become increasingly concerned by Obama’s anti-British rhetoric. For example, he has often referred to the global company as ‘British Petroleum’, although it changed its name to BP more than a decade ago, and even compared the disaster to 9/11.
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