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Dedan Kimathi’s monument to be erected at his Tetu backyard

19 February 2014, 11:31 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - The County government of Nyeri will put up former freedom fighter Dedan Kimathi’s statue at his backyard in Tetu constituency, Karunaini village.

The monument, similar to that in Nairobi town, will be constructed on a 20-acre piece of land at the spot where Kimathi was shot and captured by the British soldiers back in the colonial days.

Area deputy governor Samuel Wamathai expressed dissatisfaction at the country's failure to celebrate pre-independence heroes particularly the freedom fighters.

Wamathai made the remarks on Tuesday at Dedan Kimathi-Kamukunji stadium in Nyeri town during the commemoration of the 58th anniversary of Dedan Kimathi.

He announced that the county government is looking into possibilities of setting aside February 18, to be celebrating the Day annually in an official manner in order to honour the ex-freedom fighter.

He said there are many proposed initiatives to honour the freedom heroes and once approved, the government will roll out various programs in collaboration with local universities including the Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DKUT).

Wamathai further lamented that most of the independence history is undocumented and mostly remains as tales told from generation to generation.

“The little history that is documented is by European historian and his cronies and is riddled with half truths, prejudices, biases and warped perspectives,” Wamathai asserted.

He urged Kimathi and Karatina universities to expedite the process of documenting the true history of independence as well as true, balanced and well researched history of Mau Mau struggle.

Area county commissioner Micheal Mwangi and Kimathi’s widow Eloise Mukami also attended the event.

Mukami urged the government to ensure illicit brews are wiped out in the country so that the youth can be involved in nation building activities.

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