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Mau Mau veterans say history is distorted

29 September 2015, 09:15 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - Mau Mau War Veterans Association has claimed that Kenya’s history is not well documented and is distorted.

Speaking to the media in Nyeri town, the association’s Secretary General, Mwai Muthigi said Kenyans are yet to see and read the correct history about freedom fighting.

He stated that the history should be written by Kenyans themselves ‘in consultation with those who were in struggle for  independence.’

“In 1950s, over one million people were tortured and others killed in the name of independence and they were representing over five million people and a lot of blood was shed for us to be independent,” Muthigi noted.

He said the freedom fighters have disowned a British-funded monument that was unveiled recently at Freedom Corner at Uhuru Park in Nairobi.

Muthigi said the statue did not accurately portray the history or sacrifices made in the struggle for independence.

Read Also: Mau Mau veterans reject British-funded monument

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.

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

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

“Many countries are never vague whenever they recognize their heroes and heroines through statues,” General Bahati said.

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