CJ: Dedan Kimathi should be reburied
25 June 2013, 11:56
The remains of a Mau mau field marshal Dedan Kimathi should be exhumed and reburied in a decent and dignified manner, Chief Justice Willy Mutunga said Monday.
Mutunga said Kimathi who was buried at a Kamiti Maximum Prison played a major role during the liberation of this country.
“A rightful and dignified burial should be conducted to the former freedom fighter as a way of recognising his efforts during the struggle for independence,” said the Chief Justice.
He noted that many freedom fighters have been forgotten by previous regimes and it would be better if they were given an acknowledgment.
'Nyeri is a capital of liberation'
He however thanked Nyeri Governor Nderitu Gachagua for the idea of erecting Kimathi’s statue in town noting that Nyeri is a capital of liberation as most of the renowned freedom fighters came from the region.
Mutunga lamented that in 1997 in company of other lawyers and activists they planted a commemorative tree at Nyeri forest but it was later uprooted by police officers.
“We had engaged in the exercise of planting trees to pay tribute and honour the freedom fighter but the administration uprooted them and later deported us from this region,” he recalled.
Mutunga made the remarks at Nyeri law courts during the launch of a Court of Appeal which will be having permanent sittings. He asked County governments to assist the judiciary in meeting the obligation of its employees.
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