Government to help prominent Kenyans pen memoirs
SEE ALSO :Why Sonko delayed to pick deputyFamily friends “Phoebe is my elder sister, we are family friends right from the time we were young,” he said. He said his father Jaramogi was the first leader of Luo Union and when elected as MP, Phoebe’s father Pastor Joel Omer took over from him since he was the deputy. Asiyo led a delegation to visit Mzee Kenyatta in detention. They travelled the whole day as the native provincial commissioner refused to give them a vehicle. As a social worker in Nairobi, she was assigned abandoned children whose parents had gone to fight the British in the forest.
SEE ALSO :Raila chairs meeting on proposals“Our history must not forget that over 11,000 women were imprisoned and tortured in detention camps,” said Asiyo. She urged Uhuru to name streets after some of them. She also challenged the President to commission someone to write Mama Ngina’s biography. President Kenyatta ordered a programme be initiated to help public servants and prominent Kenyans write their memoirs. Emphasising the need for public servants and leaders to pen down their experiences, President Kenyatta yesterday directed Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed to assist those who wish to do so.
SEE ALSO :'Handshake' not measure for everythingKenya’s history The Head of State was speaking at the launch of Asiyo’s book, where he echoed opposition leader Raila’s proposal to help people key to Kenya’s history to chronicle their experiences. Raila said that Kenya should emulate South Africa that has developed an institution that helps people write their biographies. Deputy President William Ruto praised the contribution of women to Kenya’s history and encouraged them to write memoirs. “The more I listen to her (Phoebe Asiyo), the more I am persuaded that many women should write,” he said.
SEE ALSO :Is Ruto a man under political siegeLeaders at the event heaped praise on Asiyo, describing her as an important person who paved way for a lot of women. Asiyo was a long serving parliamentarian and a former ambassador to the United Nations Development Fund for Women. At the same event, women who have made strides in Kenya’s history were awarded under the Trailblazers programme.