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Dedan Kimathi 'grandson' chains himself to monument

09 June 2014, 14:23

Nairobi - A man claiming to be grandson of freedom fighter Dedan Kimathi chained himself to his monument in Nairobi, in protest over apparent poverty affecting his family.

The man chained himself to the monument early in the morning and caused a stir in the usually busy area of the CBD.

He insisted that unless his grandmother and Dedan's widow intervened, he would not come down.

Calling himself Dedan, the man was convinced for hours to step down but he refused, forcing fire fighters from the Nairobi fire service to intervene.

Their efforts were however futile and they left after an hour only for Nairobi County officers to try take the man down.

They too, after a brief while left him there, giving him a few hours to leave or face arrest.

By time of going to press, he was still there.

The welfare of freedom fighters and their families has always been an issue seldom treated properly be previous governments.

Several reports have shown that majority of freedom fighters still alive living in absolute poverty with those who have died leaving behind families that cannot fend for themselves.

The UK government has in recent times compensated Mau Mau veterans for crimes committed during the war for freedom but that has not covered the full spectrum.

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