As Kenyans prepare to celebrate Mashujaa day this weekend most of the Mau mau veterans are living in shadows having been forgotten
Miriam Wambui is an example of a Mau Mau veteran who only hears of the celebrations on TV and radio never getting a chance to attend the event or get the recognition she deserves from the government for role the she played in fighting for Kenya’s independent.
Wambui who cannot clearly remember her age says she remembers being punished by the colonialists for cooking for the war veterans during the Maumau movement.
Apart from suffering during the Mau Mau Wambui says she was one of the 2007/08 post-election violence victims in the Rift Valley losing her only son and husband forcing her to relocate to Mwiki in Nairobi to live with her sister who takes care of her as she is old and ailing.
Susan Mwaura who takes care of Miriam says it has been tough paying for the medical bills because she does not have a permanent job and she is a widow.
She is now calling on the government and well wishers to come to their aid as Miriam currently requires glasses after undergoing an eye surgery that left her one eye blind.
This Mashujaa day the government should come up with plan to recognize the veterans for their effort because currently trying to register them is a challenge