President William Ruto, on Saturday, May 13, announced renaming a hospital after the late Field Marshal Mukami Kimathi in Njabini, Nyandarua County.
He spoke at the state funeral of the late freedom fighter Field Marshal Mukami Kimathi, the wife of the late Mau Mau leader Dedan Kimathi Waciuri.
“I have agreed to your request to upgrade it. We had set aside Ksh20 million, but we will now release Ksh100 million to upgrade it to a level 4 hospital and equip it.
“Because of the respect for our mother Mukami, you have said that the hospital’s name be changed to Mama Mukami Hospital,” Ruto stated.
The president commended the residents for the high birth rate in the area, noting that there was a need for a maternity wing to be constructed at the hospital.
Additionally, Ruto noted that he would return to the region to launch a 49-kilometre road leading to the home of the late Mukami Kimathi.
He also committed to funding the Mau Mau Road connecting Nyandarua, Nyeri, Murang’a, and Kiambu counties.
Furthermore, the president committed to work with Mau Mau members to recover the remains of the late Mau Mau leader Dedan Kimathi Waciuri who was buried in an unmarked grave in Kamiti Maximum Prison.
His commitment was preceded by a request fronted by a Mau Mau veteran, Brigadier Kiboco, who asked the president to give them two months only, to look for the remains.
In 1956, Dedan Kimathi was arrested in Nyeri, hastily tried, and killed in early 1957.
Mukami Kimathi's last wish was to be buried along the remains of Dedan Kimathi at their home in Njabini.
The Mau Mau veteran is the eighth Kenyan to be accorded a state funeral in the history of Kenya. She joined the late Presidents Mwai Kibaki, Daniel arap Moi and Jomo Kenyatta, former vice president Kijana Wamalwa, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai.
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