Former President Uhuru Kenyatta and former First Lady Mama Ngina Kenyatta have mourned the late Field Marshal Muthoni Kirima.
In a joint statement, Uhuru and Mama Ngina termed Muthoni as a patriot who has left a huge vacuum that will be hard to fill.
Uhuru described Field Marshall Muthoni as a patriot, a great warrior, and one of the most revered Mau Mau freedom fighters.
"Her footprints, especially in the forest, moulded and played a crucial role in supporting like-minded leaders, in the fight of freeing our country from the colonialists and for Kenyans’ rights of political, social and economic growth towards our country’s freedom, independence, and development. She is, and remains, in our rich historical liberation struggle and success. She will not only be remembered for her bravery and courage but also for her diligence and delivery to Kenya," Uhuru said.
“I cherish the memory and joy that we, Field Marshall Muthoni wa Kirima and myself and others, met in the recent past and shared many stories together. I thank God for the privilege and honour to have known and shared the very challenging difficult period in our country during the colonial government, together with many others,” Mama Ngina added.
Muthoni served as the late freedom fighter Dedan Kimathi's personal assistant during the fight for independence.
"As a people, we thank God for all our Mau Mau shujaa freedom fighters, for their selflessness, dedication and commitment, who paid the ultimate price to enable us be where we are today. Fare thee well and rest in peace, Mau Mau shujaa freedom fighter, Field Marshall Muthoni wa Kirima," the joint statement concluded.
Muthoni, who passed on on September 5, is being laid to rest today, Friday, September 22, 2023, in Tetu, Nyeri County.