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Lobby wants highways named after Mau Mau veterans

09 June 2014, 17:11 Joseph Mukubwa

Nyeri - Children of former Mau Mau freedom fighters are now petitioning the UhuRuto government to honour their parents by naming some roads, highways, streets and Aberdare ranges after them.

Under the group dubbed 'Mau Mau Foundation', they argued that their fathers and mothers have never been accorded due honour despite their great contribution to the struggle for freedom.

Led by their Chairman Michael King’ori, they urged the government to honour their plea as a way of remembering those who made sacrifices to attain the freedom the country has enjoyed for 51 years.

The highways they identified include Nyeri - Nyahururu highway that they want named after freedom hero Ndungu Gicheru, Flyover - Njambi-ini highway to be named after the wife to Dedan Kimathi, Mukami Kimathi among others.

They also said that Aberdare ranges should be renamed as Kimathi ranges, adding that this will make successive generations to always remember the hero who fought for independence from the Aberdare forest.

“We are making this proposal to those in authority and if they think that this cannot work, we invite their suggestions,” he said.

The group was speaking in Tetu Saturday during the burial of one of their members who was daughter to the late Mau Mau general, Gathogo Muthura.

At the same time, the group urged President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto to organise a meeting with them so as to find a solution to the problems bedeviling them.

King’ori further complained that most of the benefits that have been enjoyed in the name of former freedom fighters have fallen into wrong hands, sying it must come to an end.

He said that they live a life of denial as they are shunned even by the local community.

“We are ridiculed by the people we live with to an extent of regretting why our parents put us to such great trouble and this tells us that we must wake up and fight for our rights,” King’ori said.

They also asked the government to consider the second resettlement of the families of freedom heroes at Solio ranch in Nyeri County.

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