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Machakos Governor Mutua brings honour to region's forgotten heroes

The grand finale will be Thursday, when President Uhuru Kenyatta dedicates all the three monuments as part of national celebrations to mark Mashujaa Day, Kenya's national holiday for honouring heroes.

By Phillip MuleeTuesday, 18 Oct 2016 20:37 EAT

Machakos governor Alfred Mutua with cabinet secretary for Sports and Culture Hassan Wario after a UNESCO event at the Machakos Peoples Park early in the year. (Photo: Oscar Ndunda/Kenya Free Press).

The Machakos County government has achieved a rare feat by initiating a programme to honour national heroes who hailed from the region. National leaders will converge in Machakos for the next two days to witness the unveiling of monuments in memory of Muindi Mbingu, Paul Ngei and Mulu Mutisya. 

The three natives of Machakos were renowned national leaders, with Muindi Mbingu having been a fiery freedom fighter turned collaborator who was killed at the height of the Mau Mau war in 1953. From initial starts as a fiery nationalist, Muindi Mbingu was compromised into supporting the British after a spell in detention. His conversion annoyed those supporting the Mau Mau movement leading to his brutal murder in 1953. His death marked the climax of Mau Mau revolution with others championing the Mau Mau cause.

Paul Ngei suffered in the anti-colonial struggle, and was among the famous 'Kapenguria Six'  nationalists including Kenya's founding president Jomo Kenyatta, who were detained by the colonialists during the Emergency. He went on to play important roles in post-colonial Kenya as an elder statesman in the larger Ukambani but also as an ally of President Kenyatta's and later Moi's. He died in August 2004.

Mulu Mutisya, meanwhile, came from a different school. A firm ally of those in power, his preoccupation was the preservation of the Kamba culture and development of education and health throughout the region. President Moi relied considerably on his counsel for much of his 24 years in power, and he was the kingpin of Ukambani politics until his death in March 2004.

Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua today unveiled the Muindi Mbingu monument outside the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos Town. Tomorrow, CORD leaders Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula will witness the unveiling of the Mulu Mutisya statue at Mulu Mutisya Gardens in the town.

“CORD fraternity take this opportunity to Invite and welcome all of you to Machakos tomorrow (19th October) at the occasion  of unveiling the late Mulu Mutisya's Monument starting 9:00am at Mulu Mutisya gardens. All CORD principals will be present”, said an invite from the coalition.

The grand finale will be Thursday, when President Uhuru Kenyatta dedicates all the three monuments as part of national celebrations to mark Mashujaa Day, Kenya's national holiday for honouring heroes. The event will be held in Machakos for the first time.

The government has identified the three Kamba leaders to be honoured as this year's Mashujaa Day is marked in Machakos town where President Kenyatta will address the Nation from. Ngei's monument has been erected at Kyumbi Market on the Machakos-Mombasa road.

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