Last of Kirinyaga’s Mau Mau generals dies – Kenya News Agency
General Magoto, the last of the Mau Mau generals from Kirinyaga County, died again with a bullet lodged in his body.
The bullet fired by the colonial soldiers hit him in the hip joint and could not be removed due to the delicate location, according to the Mau Mau war veteran.
Magoto, according to his wife, Beatrice Warui, died Monday evening while being rushed to hospital from his premises in Karumandi market.
The general, whose real name was, Fredrick Gachoki Mutagatwe, was among those detained at Hola in the Tana River after being captured by the colonialists.
General Magoto (which literally means dry banana leaves) was born in Ndundui-ini region, Guama sub-locality, Baragwi locality of Gichugu division in 1927.
He was first approached to take the Mau Mau Oath in mid-1947, while working in Nairobi, but refused to do so claiming he was a Christian.
But in November 1952, he finally swore an oath to the rebels in Weru wa Nguuru, in the Karumandi region of the Gichugu division.
During this period, the chef de secteur, Johana Ngungi from Baragwi, forced the young men to clear the bushes which Mutagatwe interpreted as forced labor and led people to protest against it.
He was finally arrested in 1953 while the oath-takers were arrested and taken to Embu prison, but later released for lack of evidence.
However, for fear of being arrested again, he left and went to fight in the forest.
According to Elizabeth, as he was planning to leave, he called her father (Mutagatwe Ngari), brother (Mugucu Mutagatwe) and mother (Mutune Mutagatwe) and asked them to watch as he burned his card. identity, which he did.
“See me burn my ID card, and as it burns through the flame of fire, understand that I don’t see a future here,” he told them.
“I can be killed at any time, so now I join the freedom fighters in the forest of Mount Kenya. I don’t want to die at home. If the arrests are made arbitrarily, what else can I expect? ” He said.
Shocking as it was, they had no choice but to release him. Beatrice said they saw him as a determined person and could only assure him of their prayers for God’s protection as he set out to fight for freedom.
Subsequently, he went in search of a Mau-Mau platoon to join and find General China (Waruhiu Itote, 1922-1993) in the Kangatia forest in Kirinyaga county.
General China in his book, “Mau Mau General” mentions Gachoki wa Mutagatwe. He joined General Chine’s Mwiruti platoon from what is now Nyeri County in February 1953.
He was then joined by Batiri Njogu (later General Kassam), General Kubu Kubu and Chui wa Mararo (later General Chui), among others.
By Irungu Mwangi