Uhuru Kenyatta, Moi, other leaders mourn the late Jane Kiano


Mrs. Jane Kiano died at the Nairobi Hospital on Thursday, October 25, 2018 after a long battle ...
Mrs. Jane Kiano died at the Nairobi Hospital on Thursday, October 25, 2018 after a long battle with lung cancer. Photo/COURTESY

In Summary

  • Mrs Kiano, 74, died on Thursday night at Nairobi hospital after a long battle with lung cancer.
  • On August 23 this year, she was among the 30 outstanding women in society who were  recognized as  trailblazers by the president and vetted with the first class Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear award.
  • She founded Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organization (MYWO) and also held other senior positions such as Vice chairperson of the National Council of Women, a committee member of Child Welfare Society, a former commissioner at the National Cohesion and Integration Commission and was also the vice-president of Associated Country Women of the World for the East, West and Central Africa in 1972.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent his condolences to the family and friends of former Maendeleo ya Wanawake Organization chairperson Jane Kiano.

Mrs Kiano, 74, died on Thursday night at Nairobi hospital after a long battle with lung cancer.

“I am saddened with the news of passing on of former Maendeleo ya Wanawake Organisation chairperson, Ms. Jane Kiano. She played an important role in advancing women rights & justice in the country. Our thoughts & prayers are with her family & friends. May her soul Rest in Peace,” President Uhuru Kenyatta said.

His Deputy William Ruto termed the late Mrs. Kiano as an exceptional leader, a gallant campaigner of women’s rights and empowerment as well as a proponent of gender equality.

He further added that she was a strong voice for girls’ education and a prominent advocate of women’s mobilisation to build sustainable livelihoods and safeguard their welfare.

“Her indomitable spirit and energy transformed lives and gave hope to many. Rest In Peace,” Mr. Ruto said in a statement on Friday.

Former President Daniel arap Moi said the leadership of Jane Kiano at Maendeleo ya Wanawake for many years was outstanding and proof that women are capable of sound leadership.

NARC Kenya party leader Martha Karua described Mrs. Kiano as a “dear friend, role model, mentor and a a matriarch of the women’s movement in Kenya.”

Musalia Mudavadi, the Amani National Congress (ANC) leader echoed Karua’s sentiments saying Mrs. Kiano was a champion of the dignity and rights of the women of Kenya.

Ms. Kiano was born and raised in Tumu Tumu, Nyeri where she was also trained and worked as a teacher.

 

Many years later, she rose to become the chairperson of the Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organization (MYWO) in a bid to empower women.

Her husband, the late Julius Gikonyo Kiano, was a renowned politician and the first Kenyan to earn a PhD.

Mrs. Kiano is survived by two daughters: Wanja and Joy.

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