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Sad: Widow of a Maumau Fighter Who Lives in The Slums

Miriam Kisio, 91 lives in Majengo slums in Narok

Miriam Kisio, a 90 year old widow who lives in Majengo slums, Narok is proud of her achievements today as the country celebrates Mashujaa day.

Miriam is a wife to the late Kurito ole Kisio who was part of the ragtag army.

Miriam got married to Kisio in the 1950’s and played a role in feeding and providing intelligence to the Mau Mau as they were fighting for independence.

According to Miriam, her husband Kisio was part of the world war 11  from 1939 to 1945. He later went to serve the British army in 1949 after he quit the mau mau movement.

“The colonial administration feared my husband due to his military experience, having worked in the British army and joining Mau Mau was a blow to them. They started hunting for him all over,” she recalled

“After they failed to capture him, they gathered information about his family and came for me. They arrested me at Morijo area, where my husband had taken me for a refuge at his relatives’ home,”

“I still remember that I was heavily pregnant with my second-born when two colonial askaris, one black and the other one white, came for me and took me to Narok Prison, then known as Jela Kubwa,” she added

Maria spent four months in prison before being transferred to a cell in Narok where she gave birth to their son Tuta Kisio in 1954.

After giving birth, the british administration sent a message to her relatives to come see her son. Her husband however did not show up and she had no idea where he was.

Days later, she received news that her husband Kisio had been captured and killed by the British.

She served two years in Entara detention and later transferred to Olokurto where she was released. She relocated to her husband’s home in Olopito, Narok North.

In 1959 she was evicted from her home by her husband’s relatives.

“The family resolved that my husband would not be given a share of the land. I was denied the right to get the family share of the land. I was chased away,” she narrated

In 1995, Maria learnt of Mau Mau Veteran Association when the leaders under the umbrella of National Veterans Association, led by Gitu Kahengeri, located her in Narok in 1995 and enrolled her.

Miriam is currently living in poverty and has pleaded President Uhuru Kenyatta to atleast come up with a monthly stipend to sustain those people who participated in fighting for the independence of this country.


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