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KENYATTA Taa ya Kenya or Swahili for the Light of Kenya was the man who brought the light of independence to Kenya Indeed he was a beacon a rallying point for suffering Kenyans to fight for their rights justice and freedom His brilliance gave strength and aspiration to people beyond the boundaries of Kenya indeed beyond the shores of Africa Just as one light shines in total darkness and provides a raliying point so did Ken-yatta become the focus of the freedom fight for Kenya over half a century to dispell the darkness and injustice of colonialism Before matter can become light it has to suffer the rigours of heat So did Kenyatta suffer the rigorous of imprisonment to bring independence to Kenya As the founding father of Kenya and its undisputed leader he came to be known as Mzee Swahili for a respected eider No chronology can adequately reflect the many sided achievements of Mzee Kenyatta His life is the life of the free Kenya nation chronicled here There is Kenyatta the leader who united all races and tribes for the freedom struggle Kenyatta the orator who held his listeners entranced Kenyatta the journalist who launched the first indigenous paper to voice his peoples demands Kenyatta the scholar who wrote the first serious study about his people Kenyatta the teacher who initiated love for Kenyah culture and heritage Kenyatta the farmer who loved his land and urged his people to return to it Kenyatta the biographer who documented his suffering without bitterness Kenyatta the conser-vationist who protected Kenyas priceless fauna and flora Kenyatta the father figure who showered love and affection on all Kenyatta the democrat who upheld the democratic principle of one-man one-vote Kenyatta the eider statesman who counselled other Heads of State and finally
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