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The man who played a prime role in the attainment of Kenya’s independence and paid dearly for it could have lost his children to foreigners while he was resting in his unmarked grave.
Mau Mau leader Dedan Kimathi did not enjoy the freedom he fought for alongside other fighters, but even after independence his wife Mukami Kimathi left destitute nearly got separated from her four children was it not swift intervention by a Cabinet minister.
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The-then minister of State in the Office of President Mbiyu Koinange rescued the children from an orphanage in Nairobi when they were about to be flown to India and America without their mother’s knowledge.
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A struggling Mukami had been approached by some Indians promising to help raise and educate her four children; Waciuri, Maina, Wangechi and Nyakinyua.
She joyfully accepted their veiled generosity that years later brought her misery and tears.
In her book, Mukami Kimathi, Mau Mau Freedom Fighter, narrates how her children were brainwashed in the hands of the Indians and taught to hate their culture and religion.
After Kenya’s independence, Mukami moved to Kinangop in Nyandarua county where she toiled to bring up her young children.
It was then she was approached by a delegation of Indians led by a man identified as Nehru and who purported to be a commissioner visiting Kenya to pay respect to departed Kimathi.
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He claimed to have known the freedom fighter during the second world war and that his mission here was to thank Kimathi’s family.
They offered to educate her children. She accepted and thought her children were taken to prestigious school but they enrolled at an Indian-run Dayanand Home in Nairobi for orphaned children.
Her daughter Wangechi recalls;
Unlike other kids, the four were prohibited from visiting their village during holidays. Only their mother and an uncle were allowed to visit them, albeit occasionally.
They were barred from speaking in their Kikuyu mother tongue, even to their visiting kins. And against their wishes, they were forced to learn Hinduism and drop their Christian names.
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To brainwash them fully, they were put in separate schools; Arya Girls Primary School and Arya Boys Primary school.
They say their daily routine kicked off with Hindu prayers at Mahindra Park Hall and then in the evening attended Hindu lessons at the house of a Hindu priest where they were taught the Indian culture and songs.
They were regularly taken for Indian movies and during holidays taken to different places in the country where they were hosted at Asian quarters.
So was this culture and faith entrenched into them that Hindi is their primary language, they learnt Kikuyu when they were adults.
All this time Mukami was unaware of what was going on until sometime in the late 1960s when she got wind of it and worse plans to get them out of Kenya had been finalised. Passports were ready.
Wangechi says their mother tried to persuade the orphanage owners not to do it but they ignored her, saying the four needed further education overseas.
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The boys were to be taken to America and their sisters to India.
From the beginning, Mukami made a big mistake. That is, in Juvenile Court she had approved that the four children be taken care of by the said Indians.
He sought help everywhere including government offices and luckily word got to Mbiyu that Kimathi’s children were in big trouble.
A legislator had sought from him, on the floor of the House, to explain what was happening to Kimathi’s children.
Mbiyu was jolted into action. Went to the orphanage before they left for the flight and ordered the children to be released.
In addition, he had the girls taken to a school in Embakasi and the older boys joined Njabini Boys high school.
Back home, Mukami was back to the drawing board teaching them their vernacular and Christianity.
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Story by Jimmy Mwangi, TUKO.co.ke correspondent.

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