President William Ruto has approved a Ksh1.3 million bill accrued by Mukami Kimathi, the wife of freedom fighter Dedan Kimathi, which led to her detention at a hospital in Nairobi.
Vice President Rigathi Gachagua revealed on Sunday, January 15, that his boss had come to Mukami’s aid after she appealed.
Gachagua paid a visit to the field marshal at the hospital shortly after attending a thanksgiving service in Bomet County.
DP Rigathi Gachagua interacts with Mukami Kimathi (far right) at a hospital in Nairobi on January 15, 2023.
“Thank you, President William Ruto, for coming to Mukami Kimathi and her family. You are a true and sincere friend to our people,” the DP wrote.
While addressing the press, he reiterated that the government would make plans with Kenyan families who took advantage of land acquired through cooperation with colonialists to settle freedom fighters.
“This engagement will be discreet, just as our fathers and mothers planned to drive colonialists from our land with only a panga and sheer determination to achieve freedom,” he declared.
However, as TBEN marveled at the state’s gesture, they had a number of demands, including former Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commissioner (IEBC) Commissioner Roselyn Akombe.
“Thanks for stopping by to cover the medical bills. Speaking of this subject, can the government also disclose the whereabouts of Dedan Kimathi’s remains so that he can receive the heroic respect he deserves?” Akombe posed.
Her demand was echoed by a number of TBEN who called on Gachagua to fulfill Mukami’s long-held wish – to bury her husband before she passes away.
On the other hand, pressure was put on the DP to lobby the British government to ensure that freedom fighters are compensated for atrocities committed during the colonial era.
“Perhaps you should help freedom fighters’ widows continue their cause with 10 Downing Street (the official residence of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom),” another tweet wrote.
On the other hand, TBEN frowned upon the decision stating that previous governments had spent millions on freedom fighters and their survivors.
Meanwhile, TBEN appealed to the second-in-command to ensure that the healthcare system is improved across the country.
Gachagua reiterated that President Ruto is committed to making medical insurance available to cover everyone under the Kenya Kwanza Plan.
Undated photo of Dedan Kimathi’s widow Mukami Kimathi
Dedan Kimathi Foundation