Help trace Dedan Kimathi’s remains, widow urges State

Mukami Kimathi, the widow of Dedan Kimathi, holds a press conference after receiving her husband's case file from Chief Justice Willy Mutunga at the Supreme Court on March 17, 2016. Mrs Kimathi said there was urgent need to excavate the various points where the hero is suspected to have been interred 59 years ago. PHOTO | ALAMIN MUTUNGA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Various witness accounts and historians say that Kimathi was interred within Kamiti Prison and that he was buried with handcuffs on his hands.
  • Whilst 11 spots in the correctional facility have been identified as possible grave sites where Kimathi’s body could have been buried, none has produced any results.
  • His burial could also have been a guarded secret as the colonial government did not want to make him a kind of a hero among the locals.

The remains of legendary freedom fighter Dedan Kimathi may have been secretly cremated by colonial authorities, according to new documents detailing his trial.

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