Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga has condoled with the family of her Deputy Dr Caroline Karugu following the demise of her mother Jacinta Wanjiku Karugu.
In his message posted on the County Government Facebook page, Kahiga says he had learnt about the sudden death of the 76-year-old matriarch with profound shock.
He disclosed that he only came to learn of the death of the deceased who was a former employee at the Kiganjo Police Training College through a neighbour who had rushed her to the Nyeri Outspan hospital after she apparently fell ill.
“I wish to express on my own behalf and on behalf of both my nuclear and extended family my heartfelt condolences on the untimely demise of your loving mum the late Mrs Jacinta Wanjiku Karugu yesterday January 18 2022,” reads part of his message.
“I have known mum since her civil days in Kenya Police College and her dedication to work was exemplary. Since joining the County both as Deputy Governor and as Governor I have interacted with her community work,” he added.
Kahiga has similarly poured glowing tribute to Wanjiku who she described as a dedicated mother who raised her family singlehandedly following the death of her husband.
In mourning the late Wanjiku, Kahiga in particular said he too, just like the family, had lost a mother, a mentor and a great citizen.
“A dedicated Catholic, Mrs Karugu will be remembered for her efforts in raising her young family single-handedly after the demise of her loving husband and your dotting dad. As we join you in mourning the loss of your loving mother, we too have lost a mentor, a friend and a great citizen,” he penned.
Among notable leaders who have mourned the deceased is President Uhuru Kenyatta who has described Wanjiku as an astute champion for the wellbeing of women and girls.
Kenyatta said the late matriarch had mentored and created opportunities for many young women and girls to ensure they prosper in their life.
“It is with deep sorrow that I have been informed of the passing away of Mama Jacinta Wanjiku, the family matriarch of the Karugu family and a highly respected community leader who strongly supported the wellbeing and progress of women and girls,” noted Kenyatta.
“Throughout her illustrious life, Mama Jacinta Wanjiku Karugu mentored and created opportunities for many young women and girls to excel and prosper in life,” Kenyatta mourned.
The former career civil servant died on Tuesday night while undergoing treatment at the Outspan Hospital in Nyeri.