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
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
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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