Group seeks DP's help for Brigadier Kiboko

Mau Mau war veteran Brigadier John Kiboko during the burial of Mukami Kimathi at Njabini, Nyandarua County. [Joseph Kipsang, Standard] 

For nearly four weeks now, Mau Mau veteran John Kagwe, alias Brigadier Kiboko, has been recuperating at The Nairobi Hospital.

Maina Kiambati, the son of Mau Mau veteran General Kiambati, said Brigadier Kiboko’s family is struggling to cater for his medical care.

He said the bill at The Nairobi Hospital is about Sh3 million.

“As an association of descendants of Mau Mau war veterans we had to come in and facilitate his movement from Nyandarua to Nairobi. The family could not afford it,” said Maina.

He explained that prior to Brigadier Kiboko's admission, the family was required to make Sh600,000 deposit which was a tall order for them.

“We had to call a certain politician who was generous enough to make the payment. Brigadier Kiboko is responding well to treatment and is in good spirit now,” said Maina.

The association has however raised their fears over his fast rising medical bill seeing that he required specialized treatment for several days.

“The bill is now gravitating towards Sh3 million. No government official has visited him despite his presence here and his condition being known among many of them,” said Maina.

Emily Kiambati, a member of the Mau Mau veterans descendants association, said Brigadier Kiboko was yet to be discharged meaning the bill will continue rising.

“Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua identifies himself as a son of Mau Mau. It is our hope that he will hear our plea and rescue Brigadier Kiboko. His is an urgent matter,” said Emily.

Brigadier Kiboko’s last public appearance was in Nyandarua County during the funeral of Mukami Kimathi in May where he appeared in crutches.

Despite being visibly in pain, Kiboko stood for minutes narrating their six years stay within different forests between Aberdare Ranges and Mt Kenya fighting the colonialists.

“I also appeal to the government to allow us into Kamiti Prison. We know where Kimathi was buried in a shallow grave and in shackles. Allow us exhume his remains and  give him a decent burial,” said Kiboko then.

Henry Munyori, another member of the association, called on the government to support the remaining freedom fighters.

“These people have never enjoyed what they fought for. Only a few of them are remaining. The greatest honour the government can do is to take care of them, especially their health and housing,” said Munyori.