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Kenyans condole with Kenyattas on death of eldest sister

News of the passing of 89 year-old Margaret Wambui, President Kenyatta’s eldest sister was received with mixed reactions by Kenyans on social media.

Ms Wambui, who was the first African female mayor of Nairobi in the 1970s, was the eldest daughter of the country’s founding president, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.

Many Kenyans on the internet, unaware of who she was, did not have kind words following the breaking of the news of her demise.

Others familiar with her history, however, were more sympathetic and sent their condolences to the first family.


Michael Arap Limo said, “The Nairobi we love today grew tremendously during her reign as the first lady Mayor of Nairobi. RIP Fallen Heroine.”

Salim M Juma said, “RIP – she’ll be remembered by many as our late Mzee’s father’s daughter that he loved so much. Some say it’s because of her stand during Mzee’s trial that she refused to betray her father and stood by him. She was such a strong woman and many will miss her ucamba (courage). Go well Mum!”

“I’m NASA but I still send my message of condolences to the president, their families, friends and relatives may the Almighty Lord give them strength and peace of mind to overcome this trying moments,” Omondi Moses said on his Facebook.

Gideon Ngatiri said, “RIP Margaret, she was a former long serving mayor of Nairobi. The city was very well organized during her tenure.”


One person in particular brought to attention scandals that Ms Wambui was allegedly involved in.

Jeremiah Orera pointed out that, “Finally wild animals like elephants and rhinos can rest easy. You know most Kenyans are not aware that this old lady has been behind ivory and rhinos tusks smuggling racket in the country?”

Some people tried to calm the atmosphere and bring peace.

Joseph Abat posted, “Pole to the Kenyatta family. To haters on both sides, death knows no boundary. It’s a leveler. Your day is around the corner. Just pray.”

“I first send my condolence to the family. Two I wish to tell Kenyans to be very keen and see who attend the burial, one you will see all the politicians and there will be no party here. They will call each other brother and sister but we poor followers we shall take pangas and arrows evicting each other. Let us learn Kenyans. Let peace, love and unity be our focus,” observed David Kinyua.