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Mau Mau hero dies after long illness

21 June 2013, 12:06 Joseph Mukubwa

The patron of Mau Mau War Veterans Association and a former freedom hero Ndungu wa Gicheru has passed on after long illness.

General Gicheru, 85, who headed the Mau Mau movement during the colonial era succumbed to death after falling sick for about five years.

The freedom fighter died Wednesday night on arrival to Mathari Mission Hospital after the family members rushed him to hospital from his home at Gataragwa area in Kieni West district, Nyeri County.

Gicheru will most be remembered for shooting down a British chopper using sophisticated weapons during the colonial era at Aberdare forest where he was operating from.

The freedom fighter would not surrender even after being beaten by the colonial British army in the 1950s.

Adressing the media in Nyeri town on Thursday, the chairman of the association Elijah Kinyua alias General Bahati  said they have lost a devoted leader who diligently fought for this country during the struggle for independence.

He died at the time when the British Government had released compensation money amounting to KES 2.6 billion for the veterans who had filed their case in UK.

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