Dedan Kimathi University of technology which is named after a Mau Mau fighter, Field Marshal Dedan Kimathi is once again on the globe radar. This time not in technology but to host the beatification of the admired Sr. Irene Stefani who lived and died in Nyeri. The beatification ceremony will be held on 23rd May, 2015. The privilege have made Dedan Kimathi university of technology to be among the Kenya’s cultural heritage and whenever one will mention or write the story of Sr. Irene Stefani it will not be complete without mentioning Dedan Kimathi university of technology just like when you mention Mau Mau fighters.
This event will enhance the university to be recognized nationally and internationally. Furthermore it will profusely boost the heritage value of the planned Dedan Kimathi cultural center which will be a symbol of the university’s commitment to walk the talk of conserving heritage. A lot of activities have been enhanced within the Nyeri town and in the university to make this day a success. Roads have been reconstructed, street lights put up in every corner of the town, the church compound kept clean and the green grass in the university field have been cut short. Words on the university compound is about the big day and this has made many students to eagerly wait for it.
Who is Sr Irene Stefani?
Sr Irene Stefani was born on 22.04.1891 in Anfo Italy. She came to Kenya in 1914 after she took her vows as a sister in which she arrived in Mombasa on January 1915. She was a trained nurse thus making the British to ask her to take care of the soldiers who were wounded in the war. She later moved to consolata missionaries in Mathari where she gave her services to the people of Nyeri.
She was nicknamed “Nyaatha” meaning a person of mercy due to her dedication to serve the community. She later died on 31st October 1930 after contracting a disease from one of the patients she was treating. Her body was later buried at Mathari Diocesan cemetery.