Mathare – An Urban bastion of anti-oppression struggle in Kenya

This is the untold story of Mathare Slum that has never been told to the world: of the role it played in anti-colonial struggle and the planning ground for the Mau Mau struggle which culminated in the fall of the British colonial empire in Kenya at midnight on December 12, 1963.


In the struggle for the liberation of Kenya from British colonialism and imperialism, the role played by our patriotic urban guerrillas has been obliterated from our history books. Comrade Gathanga Ndung’u recounts this forgotten history of the resistance and the organizing role played by Mathare from the colonial era to the present.

Willy Mutunga, Chief Justice & President Supreme Court, Republic of Kenya, 2011-2016

Gathanga Ndung’u’s book from the grassroots social justice movement in Kenya is seen through a lived experience perspective that inspires another generation of freedom fighters in the struggle for a democratic state in Kenya sparked from Mathare, home of the Mau Mau.

Gacheke Gachihi, coordinator of Mathare Social Justice Centre and a member of Kenya Organic Intellectuals Network

The thread of lived experiences and embodied actions woven together in this captivating tale refuses the violent impositions from outside and powerfully claims humanity and creativity from inside.

Dr. Naomi van Stepele, Lector-Professor, Inclusive Education Centre of Expertise – Global and Inclusive Learning, The Hague University of Applied Sciences

KSh 465.00

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About The Author

Samuel Gathanga Ndung’u