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Scholars call on more study on Mau Mau

Karatina University in conjunction with the National Museums of Kenya (NMK) successfully held a Conference on “Mau-Mau and Other Liberation Movements: 50 Years after Independence. The 2-day event that was held in December 2013 coincided with Kenya@50 celebrations. The main objective of the conference was to provide a platform for scholars to share information and experiences on liberation movements.

The conference key-note speakers included Prof. Caroline Elkins (from Harvard University), Prof. Macharia Munene (history scholar from USIU, Nairobi), Prof. Eric Masinde Aseka (Vice Chancellor of International Leadership University, Nairobi), Prof. Godfrey Muriuki and Prof. Vincent G. Simiyu.

Some of the major resolution that came out of the conference included: (i) the need to pass information on the role of freedom fighters by incorporating content in the syllabuses covered in all levels of education; (ii) the need to rehabilitate and remodel various Mau-Mau heritage sites; (iii) the need to recognize all persons who took part in liberation struggles; (iv) the need to carry out more research and provide literature on the role of women in the Mau-Mau and other liberation struggles as the focus so far has been on men; among other resolutions.




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