Mugo Theuri, liberation blood in his veins

By Patrick Ngugi

Mugo Theuri

He was born the year following the declaration of the state of emergency. That makes former People Daily Managing Editor and unsung hero of the second liberation Mugo Theuri a year shy of his 70th birthday.

Mugo, who looks much younger than his age, tells BLISS OASIS Africa during Part Two of the recorded podcast that his fight for liberation and human rights had roots at his Gathuthi Village, back in Nyeri, where most of the freedom fighters such as Dedan Kimathi and General Mathenge, among others hailed from.

He tells BLISS OASIS that at about five years old, he and his elder brother and sister, visited one of their uncles who had just been released from detention, and the man was so happy to see his nephews and nieces that he gave them a fifty cents coin ‘’which was a lot of money at that time.’’

In his characteristic humor Mugo says that his siblings ‘’swindled’’ him by shortchanging him after they changed the coin, into smaller denominations.

In this episode Mugo narrates how difficult it was for him to get a job after leaving prison. Through the assistance of the Late author, columnist and journalist Wahome Mutahi, he got a job with the Catholic Diocese of Muranga, before getting back into journalism, when through Wahome again, found himself, rough reluctant at first, joining The People Daily, where he worked up to the level of Group Managing Editor before his retirement.

He now actively involves himself with social and community work and once in a while human rights issue.

You  can listen to the interview we had with Mugo at our YouTube channel

[Part one]  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-s1cwjbov4

[Part two]  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ecwh-qiwwyE

 

 

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