Many politicians and close family members have come forward to pay tributes to Mukami Kimathi, widow of veteran Mau Mau freedom fighter, the late Dedan Kimathi, whose death was announced today by her daughter, Evelyn Kimathi, after being in and out of hospital for sometimes.
The President of Kenya, William Ruto, took to Twitter this morning to mourn alongside the family, describing Mukami as a heroine who fought and endured the cruelty of the colonial authority in order to achieve Kenyan independence.
“We have received the saddening news of the death of Mukami Kimathi, a celebrated heroine of our nation’s struggle for independence. Mama Mukami Kimathi courageously withstood the brutality of colonial oppression, proudly wore the scars of the battle and bore the terrible losses of war with admirable fortitude. She was a legendary fighter in her own right and the wife of the legend, Dedan Waciuri Kimathi, who was captured, tried, and executed by the colonial state,” Wrote the President.
The head of state went on to say that the country will grieve her death and cherish her memory, and he expressed his condolences to her family during this difficult time.
“On behalf of my family and the people of Kenya, I convey my condolences to the family of our departed heroine, Mukami Kimathi. I pray that the Almighty God grants you his divine solace at this time of sorrow. We shall honor her memory and treasure her legacy. May God rest her soul in everlasting peace,” added the President.
On the other hand, the Deputy President, Rigathi Gachagua, mourned alongside the family, describing her as a woman of steel who was selfless and kind-hearted, and who gave herself for the country’s freedom.
“It is with a heavy heart and deep sadness that I mourn the passing on of our revered heroine, Mau Mau, freedom fighter Field Marshal Mukami Kimathi. I join our President H.E Williams Ruto, her family, and the Nation in mourning a woman of steel, selfless, and kind hearted. As one of the Mau Mau fighters, alongside her husband Field Marshal Dedan Kimathi, she demonstrated her love for the nation when she took part in the war against the white colonialists, from the forest, to liberate Kenya,” Said Deputy President.
“We live to celebrate her indelible legacy and that of other freedom fighters who shed blood for the freedom we enjoy today. Mukami was a symbol of defiance, mother of the struggle for independence. We are greatly indebted to her valor and grit. She remains an inspiring figure to those of us in leadership. Rest well, Field Marshal Mukami, mother of our struggle,” added Rigathi Gachagua.
Moses Kuria, Cabinet Secretary for Trade, joined the Deputy President in mourning Mukami’s death, describing her as woman whose ideals have helped shape the country.
“I send my deepest condolence to the family of the late Mukami Kimathi, a heroine of this country whose ideals, strength and fortitude has helped shape this country,” said Moses Kuria