But it is the government’s treatment of the Mau Mau remnants that seemed to anger Wa Kahengeri, “we brought back State House to our people. Yet we do not have access to State house. Mashujaa Day was also dedicated to us, yet we never get an opportunity to speak to the people.”
Wa Kahengeri also urged the government to recognize more fighters, including those who had died before the emergency period.
This was echoed by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga who said asked the government to recognize fighters such as Mekatilili, Waiyaki Wa Hinga and Koitalel Arap Samoei.
“The Government should also recognize post colonial heroes who also played a big part of seeing Kenya get to where it is today. These include Tom Mboya, Oginga Odinga, John Anyona, Pio Gama Pinto and Martin Shikuku,” Odinga said.
Wa Kahengeri also asked the government to ensure that those who died and were buried wrongly during that period to be respected and have their memorials erected in their respectful counties.
“While we went out to fight, we were disrespectfully kicked out of our lands. This locked us out of places to even build our own houses. We want you to remember the promise you made to us that you will give us what we deserve,” he said.
The President has since invited the fighters to State House for an official visit scheduled next week, according to Cabinet Secretary Arts and Culture Hassan Wario confirmed.
Attorney General Githu Muigai on his part said that the Government remained committed to helping the just resolution of all other outstanding claims that the Mau Mau have made against the British Government in a timely and just manner.
“The government of Kenya also remains committed to confronting its own past of human rights violation. We shall therefore compensate all Nyayo House Torture Chamber claims without exemptions and without taking them to court which is scheduled before the end of this financial year,” he said.