Monday 11 December 2017

Emotional scenes as ex-Kenyan envoy to Ireland mourns son

Former Kenyan Ambassador to Ireland Catherine Mwangi, right, is comforted at the funeral of her son Mbugua Mwangi, who was murdered in the Westgate Shopping Mall attack.
Former Kenyan Ambassador to Ireland Catherine Mwangi, right, is comforted at the funeral of her son Mbugua Mwangi, who was murdered in the Westgate Shopping Mall attack.
Mbugua Mwangi, who was murdered in the Westgate Shopping Mall attack
Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

KENYAN President Uhuru Kenyatta comforted his sister, former Kenyan ambassador to Ireland Catherine Mwangi, at the funeral of her only son, murdered alongside his fiancee in the Westgate Mall attack.

Mbugua Mwangi and his fiancee Rosemary Wahito had been shopping for wedding rings when they were caught in the incident.

Mbugua was shot at least eight times as he tried to protect Rosemary.

Three weeks before their deaths, the young man had formally informed his fiancee's parents of the marriage plans.

Mbugua was the son of Catherine Mwangi, who had been Kenya's envoy to Ireland since 2007 and opened the country's Irish embassy the same year. She had only returned to Kenya last month.

Poignantly, only last May, while celebrating World Africa Day, the ambassador had spoken of how much she missed her family and her home country, despite the 'hospitability' of the Irish people.

Mbugua's brother Jomo Gecaga wrote on Facebook: "My young brother, your life may have been cut short but your memory will live forever. Together with your true love may you rest in eternal peace."

Yesterday, mourners in Kenya signed a memorial book to the young couple, described by the president as "lovely young people".

Their funeral took place at St Andrew's Church and the two were buried in the village of Gatundu.

Irish Independent

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