i have found nothing definitive, but blogs are beginning to explore the possibility that ayo kimathi may have some lineal or familial connection to dedan kimathi, a principle leader (update: principal? principle? principle is defined as, "a fundamental source or basis of something," while principal is defined as "first in order of importance, main" when used as a adjective. i think either works. your choice. end update. 08.28.2013.) of the mau mau rebellion against british rule in the 1950's.
dedan kimathi has recently enjoyed something of a "revival" in kenya, his body exhumed and reburied with no small ceremony in kenya, and he is being lauded as a prime mover in the journey of kenya to the status of an independent state.
he was recently eulogized by then kenyan prime minister raila odinga.
raila odinga has publically proclaimed his blood relation to u.s. president barak hussein obama, declaring that they are cousins. while a u.s. senator barak obama traveled to kenya to campaign for raila odinga's election as kenyan president, appearing on and speaking from the same stage as odinga. it is widely believed that obama steered a very large financial contribution to odinga in support of his election as president.
when odinga suffered defeat, large demonstrations and many ensuring deaths were attributed to odinga's supporters, and many believe odinga directed and engineered this violence to secure his role in kenyan government.
john jay @ 08.27.2013
p.s. these matters will be explored in greater detail as they develop. and, this article will receive links on some of the points above.
but, for now, a family friend is to be buried in an hour or so, and i must leave.
this is a matter which bears exploration. it is entirely possible that the ayo kimathi story is now another chapter in the obama story.