Ex-ambassador's son among dead in Nairobi mall massacre
Published 23/09/2013 | 04:00
THE only son of the former Kenyan ambassador to Ireland was among dozens killed by terrorists in a Nairobi shopping mall at the weekend.
Mbugua Mwangi, the son of Catherine Muigai Mwangi who recently returned home following a six-year posting here, was killed with his fiancee, Rosemary Wahito, during the attack on Saturday morning.
Mr Mwangi is also the nephew of Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta, and was the person he referred to when he said he had lost family in the attack at the Westgate shopping mall that killed dozens and left more than 150 injured.
The Kenyan embassy in Dublin last night said a book of condolences would be opened over the coming days.
Addressing the nation yesterday, Mr Kenyatta said: "I ask God to give you comfort as you confront this tragedy, and I know what you feel having also lost very close family members in this deadly attack."
The Department of Foreign Affairs said no Irish people had been caught up in the siege, which continued into last night.
Mr Mwangi's mother said prior to her departure last month that among the highlights of her time in Ireland were the "generosity and hospitality of the Irish people".
"I have felt extremely welcome, I have felt very comfortable living here and I have enjoyed interacting with the very many people that have come to me," she told a newspaper.
Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore last night condemned the attack.
"I express my deepest sympathy to the families of the deceased and injured," he said.
By Paul Melia