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Uhuru hosts Mau Mau veterans

17 February 2016, 22:30

Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday hosted Mau Mau war veterans at State House, Nairobi, where he announced measures to be undertaken by the government to support the liberation heroes.

Capital News reported that the Head of State announced that the veterans will be registered to benefit from the cash-transfer program for the elderly.

“For the first time in history, genuine Mau Mau war veterans will also receive health care services under the National Hospital Insurance Fund,” he said.

The President said Mau Mau veterans will also be accorded official sitting arrangements at every Mashujaa Day celebrations on October 20 and honoured with national awards for their sacrifices during the bloody Mau Mau freedom struggle.

The Mau Mau veterans were from Malindi, Kiambu, Narok, Kajiado, Kisii, Bungoma, Muranga, Machakos, Nyandarua, Meru, Nairobi, Muranga and Nakuru.

They were led by The Mau Mau War Veterans Association Secretary General Gitu Wa Kahengeri.

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In another report on The Star, President Kenyatta agreed to meet with all the Mau Mau heroes on a date to be agreed this coming April at State House where the freedom fighters will be decorated with national awards.

The month of April was identified in remembrance of the horrors visited on Mau Mau veterans in April 1954 – the month of Operation Anvil when the colonial administration swept hundreds of Mau Mau to prison, detention camps and emergency villages for torture purposes.

The President instructed the Head of the Public Service Joseph Kinyua who was present to liaise with the various Mau Mau groupings and bring them together for the April meeting.

The Head of State underlined the urgency of the matter because of the advanced age of the veterans who are in the 70-100 year age bracket.

The Head of State was however emphatic that the government will only work with the Mau Mau war veterans as a unitary group and not the various wrangling groupings existing today and all of which separately claim recognition.

President Kenyatta announced that a national monument will soon be erected in honour of the Mau Mau war heroes and heroines.

The President said the government had always planned to celebrate all its genuine freedom heroes but the process had been bogged down by wrangling of the various groupings seeking recognition.

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