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Kenya's Preident, Uhuru Kenyatta Pays State Visit To Jamaica

by Josephine Thompson
(California)

President Uhuru Kenyatta | Photo: Facebook.com

President Uhuru Kenyatta | Photo: Facebook.com

Jamaica Welcomes Kenya's Preident, Uhuru Kenyatta.

My father, Hon. Dudley Joseph Thompson is looking down from above,
with a smile on his face, because Jomo Kenyatta’s son, President Uhuru Kenyatta, is visiting Jamaica!

In October 1952, Jomo Kenyatta, who was a leading political figure in Kenya at that time, sent a note to my father who was then living and practising law in Moshi, Tanganyika (now Tanzania).

Jomo Kenyatta, President Uhuru’s father, was arrested at his home in Githunguri, Kenya in the middle of the night.

In the note, written on the back of an envelope was:
"DUDLEY THOMPSON, MOSHI, TANGANYIKA. COME TO DEFEND ME. JOMO."

My father, a practising lawyer in Moshi, Tanganyika (now Tanzania), where our family lived, with my much younger brother, Tony, myself and my mother Pearle. We could see the magnificent Kilimanjaro Mountain from our living
room window.

I distinctly remember, as a young girl about 8 years old,
a very tall man, over 7 ft tall, with long ears with beaded jewellery hanging from the ear-lop that had a long hole in them.
He was Masia. I believe now, that he had come to the home,
to accompany and show my father exactly where Jomo Kenyatta
was jailed.

After a very long drawn out trial and appeal, my father with a team of lawyers had Jomo Kenyatta freed from jail.

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s father, Jomo Kenyatta, then continued with his politics to become the first Prime Minister of Kenya, and later the first President!

President Jomo Kenyatta was always grateful to my father, Dudley, Q.C, a Jamaican lawyer, for helping him.

Again, I say to the son of Jomo Kenyatta, WELCOME to
Jamaica for our 2019 Independence celebrations.


I AM,
Josephine Thompson
The eldest daughter of Dudley Joseph Thompson

Editor's Note
Thanks for this inspirational submission Josephine!
President Kenyatta will be paying a state visit to Jamaica between August 5 and 7.

For those interested in the visit timeline, please read more in this Jamaica Observer article.

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Sharing Your Personal Experiences In Africa
by: Josephine Thompson

Cheri Avery Black thank you for your very very interesting article about your time spent in Africa.

Thanks to Wellesley's website, My-Island-Jamaica.com, others will have a chance to read both our personal experiences in Africa.

Once again, Cheri Avery Black, thank you for sharing.

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What a great background story
by: Cheri Avery Black

Thank you so much for sharing this vital history about your father and President Kenyatta's father. I am so glad to know this about your father; you must be so proud. Give thanks for his expertise and time in freeing this great leader. It seems significant that Jomo Kenyatta named his son Uhuru which means freedom.

(Please indulge me...your account reminds me how fortunate I was to spend time in Kenya in 1985 for the powerful 10-day UN Conference on Women with 14,000 other awesome women. I had gone early to attend a health conference in Mombasa and stayed on for a full month with a gracious Kikuyu family. They lived on the outskirts of Nairobi in a crowded impoverished area that extended for miles, even though their son William Tsuma (now passed) was the star in a government TV sitcom. He and friends held a ceremony on July 21 to adopt me as an honorary African, naming me Chiru Wakiki (sp?); I shall always cherish this gift. In 1997, my nephew (with the UNDP) and family toured my sisters and me all around Zimbabwe for a month (we even survived white-water rafting on the Zambesi River). In 2011 a Liberian friend and I went to Liberia for several weeks as part of a VolunTour taking water filters to many of the communities who don't have access to clean water. We got to shake hands with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first female president in Africa, at their Independence Day celebration. The friendly, resilient, resourceful people, their culture, and landscape reminded me so much of Jamaica. Giving thanks these experiences. I only wish I could have gone to Tanganyika as well. I see the country's motto is Uhuru and Umoja=freedom and unity.)

Again, thank you so much for sharing the story about one of your father's contributions to changing our world for the better.

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