MONUMENT FOR KIMATHI, FINALLY
The Kenya government has finally decided to honour Field marshal Dedan Kimathi, with a monument that will be unveilled at the junction of Nairobi's Kimathi Street and mama Ngina street.
Kimathi was one of the Mau Mau freedom fighters who led troops against the British army, eager to continue with their colonial escapades in africa. Born in Thenge Village Tetu division, Nyeri District, he joined the local primary school, Karuna-ini, at age 15 where he perfected his English skills. He would later use those language skills to write extensively before and during the uprising. He was a Debate Club member in his school and deeply religious and carried a Bible regularly. He later joined Tumutumu CSM School for his secondary learning, but dropped out for lack of funds.
In 1946 he became a member of the Kenya African Union from where he became a leader of its Nyahururu (then Thompson Falls) branch.
He became radically political in 1950 and involved himself with the Mau Mau, and later that year administered the oath of the Mau Mau, making him a marked man. He joined Forty Group, the militant wing of the defunct Kikuyu Central Association in 1951 and was briefly arrested in that same year, but escaped with the help of local police. This marked the beginning of his violent uprising. He formed Kenya Defence Council to co-ordinate all forest fighters in 1953.
In 1956, he was finally arrested with one of his wives, Wambui. He was sentenced to death by a court presided by Chief Justice Sir Kenneth O'Connor, while he was in a hospital bed at the General Hospital Nyeri. In the early morning of February 18, 1957 he was executed by the colonial government and buried in an umarked grave.
The British have ever since refused to show where they buried him regarding him as a terrorist.
The last two Kenya governments of Jomo Kenyatta and Daniel arap Moi also refused to honour Kimathi.