Magazine article New Internationalist

Burial Rights and Wrongs: Executed Kenyan Freedom Fighter Remembered [Kimathi Was Leader of Mau Mau Guerrillas in 1950s]

Magazine article New Internationalist

Burial Rights and Wrongs: Executed Kenyan Freedom Fighter Remembered [Kimathi Was Leader of Mau Mau Guerrillas in 1950s]

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PRESSURE is growing on Britain to identify the grave of an executed Kenyan who helped lead the country's independence struggle. Campaigners and family members want the body of 'Field Marshal' Kimathi to be exhumed and given a proper burial. Kimathi was a feared leader of the Mau Mau guerrillas who rebelled against British colonialism in the 1950s. He was captured in 1956 and executed in February 1957 -- one of about 1,000 guerrillas to die in the struggle, in which 12,000 civilians also perished.

'All we know is that the freedom fighter is buried at an unknown spot just outside the walls of Kamiti prison,' says Njuguna Mutahi of the Kenya Human Rights Commission. 'At the moment we want to pressure British officials in a civilized manner, but if they don't act fast we're going to stage a demonstration in Nairobi. They were the jailers and they know where they buried him.'

Prisons commissioner Edward Lokopoiyot says: 'The colonial Government took away records about the Mau Mau and existing records at Kamiti shed little light on the burial site of hundreds of Mau Mau freedom fighters hanged and buried at the prison.' He acknowledges the Prisons Department has reached a dead end. …

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