Former President Uhuru Kenyatta and his mother former First Lady Mama Ngina Kenyatta on Friday condoled with the family of the fallen Mau Mau Veteran, Field Marshal Muthoni Wa Kirima.
In a statement, the Kenyattas celebrated the life of the legend who fought for the country’s independence alongside several freedom fighters including Dedan Kimathi.
Uhuru referred to the veteran otherwise known as, Nyina wa Thonjo, as a patriot, a great warrior, one of the most revered Mau Mau shujaa freedom fighters.
“Her footprints, especially in the forest, moulded and played a crucial role in supporting like-minded leaders, in the fight of freeing our country from the colonialists and for Kenyans’ rights of political, social and economic growth towards our country’s freedom, independence, and development,” the former head of State remarked.
He went on to commemorate her contributions and sacrifices that have made Kenya what it is today.
"She will not only be remembered for her bravery and courage but also for her diligence and delivery to Kenya," he said.
Uhuru's mother, Mama Ngina also mourned the death of the old timer whom she shared several memories with.
Just a few months ago, the former first lady helped Muthoni cut her dreadlocks as a sign that her fight was over.
The dreadlocks that were a trademark for Mau Mau warriors, were then wrapped in a Kenyan Flag, put in a basket and handed to Muthoni.
“I cherish the memory and joy that we, Field Marshal Muthoni wa Kirima and myself and others, met in the recent past and shared many stories together,” she stated.
She went on to appreciate the legend for her sacrifice and efforts that will forever be remembered.
“I thank God for the privilege and honor to have known and shared the very challenging difficult period in our country during the colonial government, together with many others, including Field Marshall Muthoni wa Kirima, nyina wa thonjo.”
The Field Marshal was laid to rest today at her home in Tetu, Nyeri.
Muthoni who passed away on September 5, was freedom fighter Dedan Kimathi’s personal assistant during the struggle for independence.
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