Keriuki gave us a brief history lesson. Kenya is celebrating their independence from Britain this weekend with a three day holiday. Although official independence happened in December 1963, October was when Kenya began self government. There have been four presidents in 50 years. The current president, Uhuru Kenyatta, is the son of the first president, Jomo Kenyatta. Uhuru's name means "freedom" in Swahili. We heard part of his speech on the radio this morning. And we drove past his official residence where people were arriving in fine clothes to celebrat with him.
We also saw the statue honoring Dedan Kimathi who was a leader of the Mau Mau Uprising, which was a guerrilla movement for independence that attacked the British directly. It is only recently that this man is honored as a freedom fighter and not a terrorist.