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Senior government employee mourned

Friends and relatives of a senior Government employee Josephine Wanjiru have mourned her demise after a battle with stomach cancer.

Wanjiru, who was laid to rest at her father’s rural Rukenya home on Saturday, was until her demise a senior employee at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

A battery of youthful Women Ambassadors and former colleagues attended the burial ceremony held at Rukenya Anglican church and presided over by Canon Dr Moses Mwangi.

Born 56 years ago to Mwaniki Thuo and Wambere Mwaniki, the late Wanjiru rose through  the ranks from a High School Teacher  to a senior officer at the TSC.

She would then through her hand work proceed to head the Wellness and HIV Unit at the Foreign Affairs, a position she retained until her sudden demise a week ago.

Speaker after speaker eulogized her as a humble and dedicated worker who despite her senior position related to all cordially.

In his sermon, Canon Mwangi told the mourners how the deceased had at one point assisted his ailing daughter until she got to her senses.

The Priest however said although it was an electioneering period, politicians who attended the funeral service would only be allowed to wave at the mourners and make no speeches.

And true to his Solomonic ruling not even Wanjiru’s Uncle Joseph Ndathi who is vying for the Kirinyaga gubernatorial seat addressed the mourners.

But Ndathi who was the master of the ceremony by virtue of the family tie maintained the highest degree of discipline by not invoking any political rhetoric or overtones in the process despite the opportune advantage.

Relatives of the late Josephine Wanjiru prepare for a ceremony at Rukenya Anglican church

Apparently it was only Ndathi and Wangui Ngirici who is also a gubernatorial candidate who were present and they both obeyed the request by the Priest.

The deceased is survived by two children Dennis Gitu and Phoebe Wambeere who were assured by the larger Mwaniki and their mother’s fraternity of full support despite the demise of their mother.


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