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Kimathi's monument to open up Tetu

16 August 2013, 13:48 James Kabotia

Acting Chairman Association of County Governments of Kenya (ACGK) Stephen Mwaniki Kiboi has urged the British Government to hasten the construction of a monument to honor Field Marshal Dedan Kimathi.

Kiboi who is also the Dedan Kimathi ward representative in Tetu constituency told media that the former Kenyan freedom fighter depicts the face of the nation’s struggle for independence.

He said that the late Kimathi was a hero who fought for Kenya’s freedom yet some of his descendants are living in adverse poverty.

“The British government should be lenient to the family members of the late hero and compensate them swiftly because the compensation will also bring relief to the entire aggrieved nation due to the atrocities incurred during the emergency period,” said Kiboi.    

Kiboi noted that the planned construction of Dedan Kimathi memorial monument should also involve setting up a fully-fledged hotel.

Kiboi said that the hotel and the monument will showcase his ward and the entire nation to the world as tourists will be trickling to Tetu constituency.

“By doing so, Tetu will be developed and Kimathi’s descendants together with the entire country will benefit from the tourist attraction site set up in Nyeri County,” said Kiboi.

The legislator also appealed to the government to open up the constituency by improving its road network accessibility.

He said that there is no major road linking Tetu with neither constituencies nor counties.

“The major road connecting Nyeri and Nyandarua Counties pass through Kiandogoro forest in Tetu but it has not been opened up. Tetu is a potential economic area but it is gradually dying out because of lack of accessibility,” said Kiboi.

“If one is in need of banking services, they have to go to Nyeri town and if one wants to connect to the other constituencies from Tetu, they have to pass through Nyeri town. It is landlocked," he continued.

The legislator's statements comes a month after the British High Commissioner to Kenya made it clear that the cash compensation for the Mau Mau freedom fighters would only be made to specific people who prove that they were indeed subjected to atrocities during the emergency period.

“The question of cash settlement for Mau Mau has sparked a lot of debates in the Kenyan media. Wider compensation would imply that anyone who was involved in the Mau Mau movement was eligible for compensation," said Dr. Turner.

Dr. Turner also said that they had agreed to erect a memorial in Kenya to all those who suffered during the emergency period, adding that they are consulting with the war veterans association and the human rights commission on the issue.

He said that they have six months to erect the memorial monument.

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