Center for Mau Mau & Other Liberation Movements


To be the official repository of the nation’s archival and material culture of historical value that relate to the liberation struggle in Kenya.


To collect, research and disseminate all information regarding the liberation struggle in Kenya.


The history of the liberation struggle in Kenya, and especially that of the heroes and heroines of the struggle, has not received adequate attention from our higher institutions of learning. This is true despite the fact that the Mau Mau fighters were the backbone of the armed efforts that led to Kenya’s Independence in 1963.  Karatina University, located in Nyeri County, which was the theatre of Mau Mau struggle is privileged to undertake this project.  This project was prompted by the realization that outside Karatina University gate lies the Mau Mau Trench dug during Mau Mau era to prevent interaction between the Mau Mau fighters and Africans living in fortified Colonial Villages created during the war period. The trench is a natural exhibit of historical importance to the struggle for independence which the University has rehabilitated in collaboration with the National Museums of Kenya. Adjacent to the trench is a huge Sacred Mugumo tree that served as the Mau Mau Post Office.


The Centre is mandated to undertake the following duties in line with its Mission and Vision:

  • To research, collect, store, conserve and disseminate historical information that relate to the liberation struggle in Kenya;
  • To retrieve, collect, restore and preserve relics and memorabilia of heroes and heroines of the liberation struggle and other renown persons in Kenya;
  • To identify and acknowledge the unsung heroes and heroines of the liberation struggle that have hitherto not been identified or acknowledged;
  • To identify and preserve various heritage sites and infrastructure in Kenya that was instrumental to the liberation struggle in Kenya;
  • To encourage various sectors of society and the nation at large to identify the need to reconnect with our rich and diverse collective liberation heritage in order to shape the direction of the future. Such sectors will include the youth, women, and religious groups, NGO’s, trade unions, business, recreation and sports;
  • To network with other institutions and departments that are mandated to ensure that cultural and historical legacy of our country is preserved and promoted and used as a vehicle to foster nation building, inclusive citizenship, economic development and social cohesion;
  • To render assistance to any person (s) or organization for the retrieval of vital documents that relate to the Liberation Struggle in Kenya.