Befitting send-off for Kenyattas’ fallen kin

Befitting send-off for Kenyattas’ fallen kin
Photo: President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret lay a wreath on the grave of Margaret Wambui. PHOTO: PSCU

President Uhuru Kenyatta has called on Parliament to pass the two thirds gender rule to show appreciation for the role women have played in Kenya’s progress.

He said women have played a big role in the liberation of Kenya and the subsequent progress the country has achieved. The Head of State spoke at the funeral service for his sister, Margaret Wambui Kenyatta, who was described as a towering figure in Kenya’s freedom struggle and public service. The President described her as “a strong woman who has been a pillar of our family’’.

Peers and schoolmates

The service at St Andrews PCEA Church, Nairobi, was full of light moments from Wambui’s peers and former schoolmates at Alliance boys High school.

Led by scholars, Ednah Gachukia, Muthoni Likimani, Phoebe Asiyo, among others, they eulogised her as among the few women who stood with the male colleagues in the fight for freedom in the continent. They praised her for the role she played in the establishment of the women Pan African Movement, which championed the rights of women and the need for more representation in leadership positions.

Wambui, who was Mzee Jomo Kenyatta’s eldest daughter, rose to become the Mayor of Nairobi in the 1970s and is credited for initiating some of the major housing estates in Nairobi, including Buruburu, Madaraka, Jamhuri and California.

Deputy President William Ruto described Wambui as “a great lady who served our country with distinction.”

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero described her as a person of integrity whose records as Mayor of Nairobi have been hard to match for those who followed her. “Unlike others who came after her, she did not allocate herself properties during her reign,” he said.

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