Saturday, May 13, 2023 –President William Ruto has concurred with opposition leader Raila Odinga’s push to relocate remains of Field Marshall Dedan Kimathi to his rural land.
Speaking during Mama Mukami Kimathi’s send-off service today Saturday May 13, opposition leader challenged the State to relocate the grave of the Field Marshal to where the widow was buried, today.
Azimio leader utilised the same opportunity to thank the government for sponsoring Mukami Kimathi’s burial but, at the same time, sharply differed with the administration on one thing, failure to consider the widow’s wishes to move Dedan Kimathi’s body to Nyandarua County so that the couple can be buried side-by-side.
“The government was right in converting this funeral into a State event. I am happy with that but I want to fault it for failing to address some of the issues of the widow. It was her wish that her husband’s body be retrieved from where it was dumped to here.
“I want to challenge this government to implement this for the sake of the family,” Raila urged.
On his part, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, who spoke after Odinga, said it would be good to know where the body of Dedan was buried so that to relocate it home.
He urged anybody who knows where the body is lying to volunteer the information so that to move it to Nyandarua.
“Hawa wanasema wanajua pahali Kimathi alizikwa, tunakuomba uwapatie nafasi watuoneshe, ili tumpatie mazishi ya heshima,” he said.
And when President William Ruto took to the stage, he prioritised the matter by saying his government will definitely seek to locate the grave of the independence hero the late Kimathi so that he can be given a heroic send-off.
Ruto also used the opportunity to promise completion of pending projects around Nyandarua County.