Forty years down the line, the country and the world still hail the former founding father and the country’s first president, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta as a hero in the fight for liberation from colonial rule.
Recently, the government of Cuba has built a monument in honor of Mzee Jomo kenyatta.
The statue was unveiled at the Park of African Heroes in Cuba. In attendance at the event was President Uhuru Kenyatta who was in Cuba for a three-day visit. Speaking during the ceremony, the President said that Africa would forever cherish its relationship with Cuba and that together they will continue to foster mutually beneficial partnerships for both their nations and peoples.
Mzee Kenyatta was honored as a towering figure in the African and Carribean liberation struggle. The Cuban government said the unveiling of the monument in the park in Havana is a demonstration of the rich history shared between Kenya and Cuba in terms of liberation struggles.
The park was established for heroes who relate to the liberation struggle of African independence from the colonial powers. The unveiling of Mzee Jomo Kenyatta’s bust in the park makes him the seventeenth African hero whose monument is found in the park. Other monuments of prominent African leaders in the park include that of Kwameh Nkrumah, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Patrice Lumumba and Samora Machel.