Field Marshall, Muthoni Kirima, the only woman to have been bestowed with the rank during the Mau Mau uprising, died on Tuesday morning at around 3 a.m.

Her grandson Samuel Kariuki said the late was pronounced dead after being rushed to Radiant Hospital in Pangani, Nairobi.

 “We are saddened, we accept that our grandmother has left us and that she is no more!  We spoke yesterday and she was okay. She has never been unwell, she has never been taken ill, neither has she ever been admitted in hospital. All she kept saying was that an issue with her hand because while in the forest, she had been shot and again fell and hurt her arm,” Kariuki said.

Muthoni Kirima and President Ruto

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua while announcing her demise remembered Muthoni as a hero who led the Agikuyu community in their fight for freedom.

She served as Dedan Kimathi’s personal assistant in the struggle for liberation.

We recall with pride and sheer admiration, her exploits in leading the land and freedom army after the capture of freedom hero Dedan Kimathi whom she served as his personal assistant, after he was betrayed by Collaborators.

We remain indebted to these great heroes and heroines for the Sacrifice to liberate our land. May God Rest Her in Eternal peace and give strength to her family to bear the loss.

Rigathi wrote in part.

Muthoni Kirima cutting her locs

Kirima, in April last year, allowed former First Lady Mama Ngina Kenyatta to shave her dreadlocks after donning them for over 70 years. 

She explained that the gesture was informed by Kenya finally gaining full independence.

Mama Ngina and Muthoni Kirima

“I had to cut it because it has been a long journey. I started keeping this hair in 1952, and after more than 70 years, I needed to get rid of them. And I now feel like a young girl,” Muthoni stated after Mama Ngina cleared her pending bank loan amounting to Ksh4.7 million and bought her a home in Nyeri. 


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