Not much has been said about the Mau Mau players from greater Meru.
Yet the Mau Mau fighters in Meru were among the most gallant of all.
As the fighting raged, more (Nyerî and Kîrînyaga) Gîkûyû, Amerû and Embu youth joined Mau Mau fighters in the vast Mt. Kenya forest. Their leaders included Gen. M'anampiu Gaita (aka Gen. Muchori), Field Marshal Mwariama, Gen. Mathenge and Gen. Baimungi. Rarely in one station, Field Marshal Dedan Kimathi had the mystical knack of scurrying back and forth the Mt. Kenya and Aberdare forests.
But it is Field Marshal Mwariama (pictured with Mzee), who was recruited into the Mau Mau by Gen. Gaita, that was best known among the Amerû commanders.
Decorated by Mzee Kenyatta with the Order of the Elder Of The Burning Spear (EBS) soon after independence, Mwariama commanded a great deal of respect.
When the fighters emerged from the forests after the Union Jack had been lowered, Mwariama stood out ostensibly because none of his more than 2,000 fighters ever surrendered during the campaigns. Neither did his unit suffer any casualties, according to legend.
His fame spread far and wide in central Kenya. Even Mzee Kenyatta sought to meet him days after independence. And when they met, Mzee had the awkward privilege of inspecting a Mau Mau guard of honour - the only one he ever did - mounted by Mwariama's fighters.
But if Mwariama eluded the jaws of the colonialists, he finally succumbed to a different set of jaws in 1989. Fighting. Not in the forest, but in the grasslands of ukambani, where he was visiting a friend.
His friend had suffered a snake bite and Mwariama heroically tried to save his life by sucking out the venom from his wound. Unfortunately, the former Mau Mau leader didn't make it. He died, aged 61.