President Kenyatta pays tribute to Joseph Kinyua’s mother


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President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) condoles with Joseph Kinyua and his family. [PSCU]

President Uhuru Kenyatta joined other mourners in paying tribute to Mrs Hannah Wanjiru Matong’e, the mother of Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua at Tetu in Nyeri County.

The President described Wanjiru as a hard-working person who loved her country and valued education despite not having formal education.

“I might not have known her personally, but I know her son whom I have worked with for many years. And I have witnessed all the tributes that have been showered on Mama Wanjiru by various speakers,” he said.

The Head of State said Mr Kinyua is honest, diligent and a person who loves the country adding that his Chief of Staff abhors corruption and other ills.

He urged Kenyans to emulate Wanjiru by embracing the virtues that she held dearly which include unity, patriotism and self-sacrifice.

“This country will achieve the level of development that will make all Kenyans proud if we all uphold the virtues espoused by people like Mama Wanjiru,” President Kenyatta said.

Former President Mwai Kibaki’s tribute to Mama Wanjiru was read by his Private Secretary Prof Nick Wanjohi.

Conveying his condolences to the bereaved family, National Assembly Majority leader Aden Duale appealed to leaders to desist from making utterances that can lead to election violence and divide Kenyans.

Other speakers included Nyeri Governor Nderitu Gachagwa and MPs Esther Murugi (Nyeri Town), Mary Wambui (Othaya), Kanini Kega (Kieni) and Peter Weru (Mathira).

The burial was preceded by a funeral service at Wamagana grounds in Nyeri County and conducted by Archbishop John Mugecha of the Africa Independence Pentecostal Church (AIPCA).

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