Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria has called the government out for celebrating Mashujaa Day in honour of Kenyan freedom fighters while most, who are still living, continue to languish in poverty.
According to Kuria, the government is vested in verbal praise of the heroes, while the heroes, together with their families have been left to live in misery despite their sacrifice.
“On the national level, the heroes, both the living and the departed must be proud, wherever they are to see how steadfast we have held as a united, free and peaceful nation. This is the ultimate dividend of their sacrifice,” Kuria wrote on his social media pages.
“On a personal level, most of the freedom fighters and their families live in squalor, a fact which flies in the face of our verbal praise to our heroes,” the legislator noted.
Of most concern to Kuria was the fact that the remains of one of the most prominent freedom fighter, Dedan Kimathi, are yet to be located 62 years after his death.
” The biggest monument of shame is the continued silence on the whereabouts of the remains of Field Marshal Dedan Kimathi son of Wachiuri,” Kuria wrote.
He called upon the government to form a task force to trace and accord the fallen hero his deserved respect before his aged widow, Mukami Kimathi, dies.
“I urge the government to institute a task force to trace the remains of Kimathi and organise a state burial replete with a mausoleum, preferably within the lifetime of Shujaa Mukami Kimathi,” the outspoken parliamentarian added.
Kuria’s sentiments come only days after Kimathi’s widow pleaded with President Uhuru Kenyatta to help her trace where her husband was laid to rest after dying in the hands of British colonial masters.
She also asked the President to assist all Mau Mau freedom fighters to get land, a request that Kuria also highlighted in his Mashujaa Day post.
“This act will put to rest the demons of the ridiculous disparities and disproportionate benefits that accrued to the various factions and cadres of the liberation movement,” Kuria concluded.