In these highland forests on ridge on ridge slanting to the vigorous rivers,
Smell of gun powder, and blood, in the jungle air, still linger;
From the moor lands of Kĩrĩnyaga and Nyandarwa mounts, to gorges of Mũrang’a,
Assisted by Generals: Roy,Wachanga, Kago and Matenjagwo Ng’ang’a,
Kĩrema thahu waged war against and defeated the British army.
In thick bamboos and towering trees,
For a decade, the Kenya Land and Freedom army
From garrison to garrison, and for war strategy, in years passed, roamed free.
Today, only faded bones and bomb ravages are evident in the frontiers.
Old battle fields are now overgrown with weeds and briers.
Who will ask the old General Gĩcerũ Ndung’ũ, with a rifle, and a fit battle gear,
How he brought down, countless, enemy’s heavy Lincoln bomber planes from the rear?
Who will ask Field Marshal Mũthoni, where abouts, of Mathenge, the legendary General?
The hero’s honored name, through history and time, will come down to all!
General Mathenge of Nyeri was a Mau Mau General, his guerrilla forest name was:
KĨREMA THAHU(subduer of evil omen). He together with Field marshal Dedan Kimathi were the head leaders of the Kenya Land and Freedom army a.k.a Mau Mau.When the war of liberation ended in 1963, and the British colonialist was defeated; he was nowhere to be seen. some speculate that he might have died in a fierce battle back in 1955, others claim that he went to Ethiopia. I do not have an opinion on this knotty matter,but this epic poem sure shows where my loyalty is. Enjoy.