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Mau Mau veterans reject British-funded monument

28 September 2015, 13:41 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - Mau Mau War Veterans Association has rejected a British-funded monument that was unveiled recently at Uhuru Park's Freedom Corner in Nairobi.

The Association’s Secretary General, Mwai Mutigi said the statue did not accurately portray the history or sacrifices made in the struggle for independence.

He explained that the association is not in support of the monument since the plaques are not about the known freedom fighters but mainly talking about the facilitators.

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“Such statues and words engraved on brass plaques must portray true history of a nation without distortion,” said Muthigi.

“In many countries, the patriotic members of public are required to have a say in the decision regarding what to be written on monuments so that future generations may know their country’s history,” he stated while addressing journalists in Nyeri town.

The Association’s chairman, Elijah Knyua alias General Bahati said the actual Mau Mau fighters were not involved in the monument’s decision.

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