Kimathi widow cherishes encounter with ex-leader

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  • He said he had a lot of respect for Kimathi, whose role in Kenya’s freedom struggle inspired him to continue fighting the apartheid regime in his own country.
  • He came in the company of Winnie, his wife at the time. While the two were addressing students at the University of Nairobi’s main campus, Mr Mandela requested the government to assist him in visiting the Kimathi family.

The widow of Mau Mau freedom fighter Dedan Kimathi, Mukami, said her only encounter with Nelson Mandela was so momentous that it will remain etched in her mind.


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