In Summary
  • The construction of the hall stalled in the 1980s and resumed after President Mwai Kibaki's administration took over in 2002.

About a kilometre outside the precincts of Othaya business centre is an imposing building.

It is located down a narrow road from the old colonial court, this tiny court is where the fate of captured Mau Mau freedom fighters was gavelled. The grim house is inaccessible and under guard.

The building was opened in 2012. And until its re-baptism, it was known simply as Othaya CDF (Constituency Development Fund) hall. It hosted — and still does — political and social meetings.

But all along, the hall hid a dark, macabre history.

When workers began work in 1976 on what was initially a community hall, earthmovers discovered tens of human skeletons dismembered and bleached by the passing of time.

MEMORIAL

According to veteran Mau Mau fighter Ndiritu Wambugu, the bones were the remains of freedom fighters who were shot wantonly and buried in a mass grave at the site between 1953 and 1956.

Some bones were carted away for disposal while others were left in the cavernous foundation, Mr Ndiritu said. They have since been removed.

The construction of the hall stalled in the 1980s and resumed after President Mwai Kibaki's administration took over in 2002.

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