Baden-Powell 'killed tribal chief in Africa'

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The Independent Online

Evidence has emerged that Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scout Movement, was responsible for the illegal execution of a tribal chief during his time as an army officer in Africa.

Documents due to be auctioned on Wednesday indicate that Baden-Powell, pictured, broke a promise to Chief Uwini, a leader of the Matebeleland rebellion of 1896, in what is now Zimbabwe, that his life would be spared if he surrendered to a civilian court. Instead, Baden-Powell, who led 350 men in their search for the rebels, convened a military tribunal that ordered Uwini's execution.