NYANDARUA, Kenya, Aug 2 – Prime Minister Raila Odinga visited the widow of Mau Mau freedom fighter Dedan Kimathi, Mukami, during his presidential campaign in Nyandarua.
Odinga said that it’s proper to remember the freedom fighters as they are the ones who liberated the country from the colonialists.
“It’s important to look back at Kenya’s history as it provided the way forward for the direction in which its future was headed to,” Odinga said.
He added that it wasn’t proper to ignore those who fought for the freedom that Kenyans were now enjoying in the country.
Speaking at Kimathi’s home in Njambini, Odinga said the remains Dedan Kimathi should be exhumed from Kamiti maximum prison so as to accord him a descent burial as an honour to the liberation hero.
Odinga directed the Ministry of Heritage to convert Kimathi’s colonial style house at Njambini into a museum where his military equipments that he used in the liberation war and other artifacts would be on display as one way of immortalising the legendary Dedan Kimathi.
During his presidential campaign tour in Nyandarua he renewed his commitment to the unity of all Kenyans, saying he had no intention of discriminating against any Kenyan community if he ascended to the country’s leadership.
“What wrong has the Kikuyu community done to me to warrant the much talked about and feared revenge?” he posed.
He insisted that he is a nationalist and a reformer who has been fighting for the rights of all Kenyans irrespective of tribe or race and no amount of propaganda will distract him from that course.
On the cases of post-election violence going on at International Criminal Court, he denied allegations that he has been pushing for the trials at The Hague based court.
“Neither did I take them to the ICC nor instigated the Hague trials…. Just like the court found Orange Democratic Movement Chairman Henry Kosgei not guilty, those facing the trials would be let free if found innocent,” he asserted.