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by Josephine Thompson
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
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
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.
The eldest daughter of Dudley Joseph Thompson
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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