Cuba has honoured Kenya’s Founding Father Mzee Jomo Kenyatta as a towering figure in African and Caribbean liberation movement. A monument of the Founding Father was unveiled at the Park of African Heroes in Cuba on Thursday at a ceremony attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Cuban leadership said unveiling of the monument was significant as it demonstrates the rich history Kenya and Cuba share in liberation struggles. The park was built for heroes who relate to the liberation struggle of African independence from the colonial powers.
Mzee Kenyatta’s monument is the 17th of the African Heroes on display at the park and his recognition is a manifestation of his premier place in African history. Speaking during the unveiling ceremony, Uhuru thanked the people of Cuba for their solidarity with the African people, adding that they have been the biggest benefactors of Cuba’s revolution.
“Africa will forever cherish its relationship with Cuba. Together we will continue to forge mutually beneficial partnerships for the prosperity of our people and nations,” said Uhuru. “I take this opportunity to thank you and the people of Cuba for your solidarity and comradeship in the African liberation movements against colonialism, settler imperialism and apartheid,” he added.
The President said Kenya will not take for granted the honour granted to its Founding Father. “It is worth noting that during the Cuban revolutionary war, Fidel Castro named one of the Brigades the ‘Mau Mau’ in honour of the freedom fighters in Kenya,” said Uhuru.
Cuba’s Culture Minister Abel Prieto termed Mzee Kenyatta as an icon whose example of heroism inspired many to fight against colonialism. “Kenya’s rich liberation struggle story became a big inspiration to the Cubans resistance against imperialism,” he said. Several African-Caribbean diplomats representing their countries in Cuba attended the ceremony.