Mau Mau Veterans Honoured: Meru town streets to be named after Baimungi and Mwariama
Meruchr(039)s Governor Kiraitu Murungi on Friday during Mashujaa Day Celebrations announced the plans to rename two Meru town streets after Field Marshal Baimungi Marete and General Mwariama. The move is the first step in honouring sons and daughters of Meru who fought the British rule in the 1950s. When Mau Mau fighters returned from Mt Kenya forest they found what they had owned in the hands of home guards. Their land and wives had been taken by the collaborators of the white rule.Their children were deep in illiteracy as those of home guards went to the best schools in Kaaga. The home guards were the new rulers. Anyone born in the lineage of a freedom fighter still feels the pain. On Friday as the Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi (A son of freedom fighters) led the fighters in singing the Mau Mau national anthem you could see tears flow freely on the cheeks of those present. Tears of pain. To honour them although, in a little way, Kiraitu promised to name two Meru town streets after Field Marshal Baimungi Marete and General Mwariama. Through the streets, Meru people will remember the pain suffered by two foremost sons in the independence fight. Kiraitu says itchr(039)s a start to honour men and women who made a contribution to the struggle for independence.