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MauMau fighters demand exhumation of Dedan Kimathi

11 December 2015, 18:32 Joseph Njung'eh

Nairobi - The Maumau War Veterans Association members from Nyeri County have renewed calls of asking British Government to facilitate exhumation and reburying of ex-freedom fighter Field Marshall Dedan Kimathi.

In a letter signed on their behalf by Kiganjo-Mathari Ward Representative, Baragu Mutahi, the former freedom fighters said the gravesite should be relocated at Kamiti Maximum Prison in Kiambu County where Kimathi was reportedly executed and buried.

“It has been 58 years since Maumau hero Dedan Kimathi was executed at Kamiti Maximum Prison by the colonial government and we are yet to know where exactly his remains are,” indicates the letter.

The letter is addressed to British High Commissioner in Kenya, Christian Turner and Cabinet Secretary in charge of Culture and Sports Hassan Wario.

“Nyeri people are seeking that urgent measures be taken to locate, exhume and rebury their freedom hero in dignity in his County of origin,” said Mutahi.

He said the war veterans also want the British government to facilitate resettlement of families living in emergency era villages by offering them land.

They are further demanding establishment of a history liberation resource centre.

“There is a commonwealth grave site situated at Kiganjo-Mathari ward. We would appreciate if you would give us enlightenment as to how the neighbouring community benefits from the gravesites,” adds the two-page letter.

The ex-freedom fighters narrated that tens of thousands of Kenyans suffered abuses including beatings, rape and castration between 1952 and 1960 adding that although the abuse occurred many years ago, the physical and mental scars still remain.

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