UK Gov’t fails to reveal the burial location of freedom fighter Dedan Kimathi
The United Kingdom Government has declined to reveal the exact location of the burial site of the late freedom fighter Dedan Kimathi.
According to the case file of Kimathi’s trial and prosecution presented to Chief Justice Dr. Willy Mutunga, the exact location where the freedom fighter was buried remains unknown.
Mutunga is now appealing to the Kenyan and the UK Governments to help the family of the leader of Mau Mau movement to locate his remains.
Mutunga recently received the file from the United Kingdom’s Senate House Library of the University of London where it had been donated from the private collection of the lawyer who represented Kimathi, Mr Ralph Millner, now deceased.
The file contains a certified record of both trial and appellate proceedings of Kimathi’s case which details how the freedom fighter was arrested and hanged by the Colonial Administration in 1957.
The late Kimathi was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition which was against regulation 8A (1) of the Emergency Regulation in 1952.
He was sentenced to death for the first count and seven years imprisonment with hard labor for the second count.
Dedan Kimathi Waciuri, who was born on October 31st, 1920 in Nyeri, led the Mau Mau rebellion against the British Colonial Government in Kenya in the 1950s, which led to his capture and execution in 1957.
The Chief Justice was speaking after handing over the case files to Kimathi’s widow Mukami Kimathi.