Voice Of Struggle – poetry by Mwandawiro Mghanga

Voice Of Struggle

Poems From Prison In Kenya

Mwandawiro Mghanga

INTRODUCTION

Between February 1985 and September 1989 I was a political prisoner in my country Kenya. I was imprisoned for participating in the struggle against dictatorship, corruption and bad governance. As a student representative, I was in the front line of the students’ struggle for academic freedom, democracy and national liberation. Outside the university, I was part of the movement of Kenyan patriots of the struggle against the regime that was opposed the progress of my motherland. I was part of those who was aginst the culture of fear and silence, I collaborated with fellow citizens who are fighting for the respect and exercise of human rights. I was working together with those struggling against exploitation and oppression of person to person.

Because of this, the government of Moi-Kanu defined me as an enemy. For under the rule of dictators and traitors, fighting for democracy and national freedom, opposing imperialism, is breaking the law!

That is why in February 1985, following the directive of the government, several students, among them Karemi Nduthu, Philip Tirop and I were expelled from the university. But we refused to respect this arbitrary and oppressive order. We refused to leave the university voluntarily. We decided to openly rebel against the dictatorship. In solidarity, our fellow students decided to boycott studies and demonstrate against the government’s illegal decision to expel us. Read the rest of this entry »

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