Family pays glowing tributes to Mukami Kimathi at burial

Field Marshall Mukami Kimathi and her daughter Evelyne Kimathi (in maroon) when the late was feted at Dedan Kimathi University. [File, Standard]

The family of the late Field Marshall Mukami Kimathi have paid glowing tributes to the freedom fighter at her burial that is currently underway at her Njabini home in Nyandarua County.

Mukami was the wife of the late freedom fighter Field Marshal Dedan Kimathi. She died on Thursday last week after a short illness, aged 96.

President William Ruto, his deputy Rigathi Gachagua, Opposition leader Raila Odinga, Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi, Trade CS Moses Kuria, and Nyandarua Governor Kiarie Badilisha are among the leaders present.

In his tribute, Mukami's son, Simon Maina described her as a caring and strict disciplinarian who was also selfless to those around her.

"You had no financial muscle to support us. You had nothing left after the colonialists took everything from you. You, therefore, took us to an orphanage in Nairobi," said Maina.

Her daughter Miriam Nyawira said Mukami loved the country and always prayed for it.

"You always emphasized the need for people to live in peace. You always reminded us to pray and maintain righteousness. You insisted on the importance of praying for national leaders and our uniformed officers who guard our borders," said Nyawira.

Her daughter-in-law Nancy Nyokabi eulogised Mukami as a great hero to many and a good example to widows.

"She faced many challenges as she fought to keep Kimathi's legacy. She was dedicated to her faith and she could not miss any opportunity to share her testimonies," said Nyokabi.

Nyokabi added: "Mum always followed current affairs, to know what was happening in the country. You loved all of us like we were your own biological children."

Mukami's brother Mbuthia Wang'ombe recalled moments when she carried him on her back and took care of him.

"You showed me sisterly love and gave advice like our own mother," said Mbuthia.

Her grandson Dedan Kimathi Wachiuri recollected his relationship with his grandmother marked with the typical village life.

"Grandma has been the beacon of hope for our family, always smiling even when she was sick. As a family, we always felt like we needed to honour her more. Words are not enough to describe every experience we enjoyed with her," said Wachiuri.