Gov’t denies claims that Dedan Kimathi burial site has been found
The Government has denied claims that the burial site for Dedan Kimathi has been discovered.
This comes a day after the family sent out a statement saying that the site had been found at Kamiti Maximum Prison.
“Our attention has been drawn to news on some platforms that the grave of our freedom fighter Field Marshal Dedan Kimathi has been found at Kamiti Prison. Please note these claims are false and misleading,” the Interior Ministry said.
On Friday, the Dedan Kimathi Foundation had described the site as an unmarked grave site inside the prison.
The foundation CEO Evelyn Wanjugu Kimathi, who is also the daughter of the late Kimathi, had said the Government spearheaded efforts to identify the site.
“This development is not only just great news for the Dedan Kimathi family but also the larger freedom struggle heroes fraternity,” her Friday statement said.
The late Kimathi was part of the Mau Mau liberation struggle against British colonial rule.
Colonialists perceived him as a threat to their interests in the country and captured him in 1956 after he ventured out of his hideout in the Aberdare Forest.
He was shot and wounded by home guards; a court later sentenced to death by hanging.
Following this ruling, the noose was put around his neck in 1957 at the Kamiti Maximum Prison.
His body was later buried at an unknown location.
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