Mashujaa Day Like No Other in Kenyan History

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Kenyans marked and established a new Mashujaa Day on July 26, 2023, to honour more than 50 Kenyan citizens killed by William Ruto and many others maimed with gunshots just 11 months after Ruto grabbed the Kenya government and is now in charge.

Today, Friday, July 28, 2023 Kenyans will have a special commemoration day for the victims of this Ruto horror against Kenyans.

Mashujaa Day is observed on October 20 every year. This significant day, which honors all who have contributed to the fight for Kenya’s freedom, is a public holiday in the country.


Mashujaa Day was formerly known as Kenyatta Day, in honor of Jomo Kenyatta, who was an important figure in Kenyan politics. He was a freedom fighter who also held the offices of the Prime Minister and later, the President of Kenya.

Kenyatta played a crucial role in the independence movement in Kenya when the country fought the British colonial powers for its liberation. In October 1952, he was arrested along with four other people, namely, Achieng’ Oneko, Bildad Kaggia, Fred Kubai, Kung’u Karumba, and Paul Ngei, by the British powers in Kenya. He was charged with planning and directing the Mau Mau movement.

Mau Mau was a rebel group that plotted to overthrow the British colonial government that ruled Kenya at the time. The Mau Mau Society was conspiring actively against the colonial government. These six Kenyan nationalists were tried in Kapenguria in 1952 — 53 and were imprisoned in Northern Kenya. They came to be known as the ‘Kapenguria Six.’

Their arrest was a significant development in the struggle for independence. As a result, October 20 was selected as a public holiday to celebrate the event and show respect for these six freedom fighters. The holiday was established by activists in 1958 and gathered huge popularity by 1959. When Kenya gained its independence in 1963, the date of October 20 was officially declared Kenyatta Day.

On August 24, 2010 under the a new Kenyan constitution, Kenyatta Day was changed to Mashujaa Day to honour all freedom fighters in Kenya including the ones who fought to dismantle the Moi dictatorship.

It is quite amazing that William Ruto presided over the last Mahujaa day on August 20, 2023 and actually made a whole big fuss about it. 10 months later Kenyans have now set up a new Mashujaa Day for those killed and others injured by William Ruto.

That is a record Ruto will take with him to his grave. It is also quite amazing that the real heroes of Kenyan battles for freedom today are being honoured and they are the dead and injured victims not the politicians who are helping to put everything together.

This has never happened in our country. We are finally able to recognize our liberators and they are the victims as the country fights against a government run by thugs and murderers.

The issue of whether it is Samia Suluhu the Tanzanian president or Ramaphosa from South Africa who will mediate the peace talks to bring Kenya back to its feet is irrellevant.

The Kenyans Ruto are killing as we speak are the ones mediating the talks between Raila and Ruto and they are doing a very good job already. They are the reason our country will get back to normal and they are giving their lives for the republic of Kenya. William Ruto can never do that. Kenyas know that for a fact. Ruto has taken the lives of many Kenyans both during his role with YK 92 under Moi and now he is ready to kill everybody to stay in power.

Now the MPs are in parliament talking about their usual tribal nonsense. They are talking about Luos being killed because of Raila. The last time I checked those Luos are actually Kenyans and it has been very hard to eliminate them. They are going nowhere.

And now the Kikuyus are fighting each other with Ichung’wah wanting a fight with Uhuru’s mother I don’t know for what reasons. So the Gachaguas, Nyoros and Ichung’wahs are trying to get inside Ruto’s political underwear looking like idiots trying to impress Ruto. What exactly are these people and Ruto doing to the Kikuyu communities? Nothing.

When the price of Unga is high they don’t ask your tribe to determine how much you pay at the grocery shop. The high cost of living is the same for Luos, Kalenjins, Kikuyus and all Kenyans. But telling that to the Ruto tribalist loud mouths in parliament doesn’t help them because those people only work for Ruto and their constituents be damned.

The issue of Nusu Mkate for Raila and Azimio is nonsense. Ruto is running a rotten government and his bread there looks this bad.

What makes Ruto think anyone will want to share that kind of bread with him? That bread has to be thrown in the garbage first then things can be sorted out or Ruto can eat it all by himself with his cronies. It looks like very good food for them. Enjoy it please by your own selves.

Ruto should listen to this from Noam Chomsky.

“If you go to one demonstration and then go home, that is something, but the people in power can live with that. What they can’t live with is sustained pressure that keeps building, organisations that keep doing things, people that keep learning lessons from the last time and doing it better the next time”.

Adongo Ogony is a Kenyan Human Rights Activist and  Writer who lives in Toronto, Canada

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