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Wambui had dug her grave 20 years ago

Posted by Administrator on August 31, 2011

SM Otieno’s brother Joash Ougo points to space next to his brother’s grave in Nyalgunga where they intend to bury Wambui Otieno. Wambui’s family on Wednesday said they would announce burial details later. Photo/JACOB OWITI

SM Otieno’s brother Joash Ougo points to space next to his brother’s grave in Nyalgunga where they intend to bury Wambui Otieno. Wambui’s family on Wednesday said they would announce burial details later. Photo/JACOB OWITI

The late Wambui Otieno, rebellious in her life, had a dug her own grave in Upper Matasia, Ngong, 21 years ago.

The grave is next to a house she built in memory of her husband in 1986 after losing a long drawn-out court battle to bury him. (Read: Former freedom fighter Wambui dies in Nairobi)

She dug it in 1989, way before she fell sick and weeds growing on it is evidence of the amount of time that has gone by since the grave was dug.

Meanwhile, the family of SM Otieno said its ready to bury his wife Wambui Otieno next to his grave in Siaya County.

“She is our wife; we want her remains to be laid next to her husband’s grave here in Nyalgunga,” said Mr Joshua Ochieng Ougo after hearing about death of Wambui, his late brother’s wife.

Mr Ougo spoke even as it emerged that Wambui had prepared her burial place at her Upper Matasya home in Ngong.

The family of the former freedom fighter met in Nairobi yesterday to begin burial preparations.

Her younger brother, Dr Peter Waiyaki, and her son-in-law George Mburathi who addressed the media after the meeting, said they had resolved to inform their relatives of the sad news before deciding on other details concerning the burial.

“My late mother-in-law had a lot of friends spread all over the world.

Wambui’s husband Peter Mbugua, 33, did not speak to the press.

A sombre mood engulfed SM Otieno’s Umira Kager home yesterday following the death of Wambui at Nairobi Hospital.

Mr Ougo feels obligated to bury his brother according to the Luo customs.

“According to our customs, when a man dies, it is only befitting to bury his wife beside him,” he said.

He added: “Unless my brother’s children decide otherwise, we will welcome Wambui’s body with both hands. We have already spoken to Umira Kager elders and we have come to a consensus that Wambui be buried here,” he said, pointing at an open space next to Otieno’s grave.

He noted that Wambui’s body would not be subjected to Luo burial rituals since they were Christians.

He said they were shocked when Wambui and her nine children refused to attend Otieno’s burial 24 years ago, saying that was the reason why a cross was never placed on the grave.

Reports by Lillian Ochieng, Lauren Onyango and Eric Olo

SOURCE: http://www.nation.co.ke/News/Wambui+had+dug+her+grave+20+years+ago/-/1056/1228640/-/kkl95lz/-/index.html

10 Responses to “Wambui had dug her grave 20 years ago”

  1. Hannah said

    Oh please won’t you let this woman rest in peace now?

  2. sandy said

    Its really annoying that SM Otieno’s family wants to bury her remains next to the late husband….don’t they know that she was currently married to another man and he is entitled to bury his late wife wherever he sees fit?? NKT!!! She no longer belongs to the jango’s no matter how hard they try and want to fight it….respect the dead…jameni

    • mgachaj said

      you said it. Mbugua is the surviving spouse and has all legal rights, not unless there is a testate declaration by the deceased.

  3. mwangi grace said

    I knew it was just a matter of time before these attention seekers emerged! ati they will do what? where were they when we wwas wedding Mbugua? and who do they think they are? She was a wife to a living person not a dead one tssskkk go back to the rock you crawled from and let the kids and Mbugua figure what to do with her body! I hope she left a will and it will be followed! This is not 1986 wacheni ujinga!

  4. ninah said

    …and to court we go…si Wakenya wako na time bwana?

  5. kiptoo said

    I always wondered what this woman had seen in a 33 year mbugua, but Looks like this woman as she dug her grave knew something no else knew, that this stone age fellas would haunt her kids to misery and thus MARRIED the kid for makaratasi ya burial! she could see years ahead! and knew the Frogs would come croaking.
    Ooops these woman was not only a Fighter but a Genius!!! No wonder we WON our independence shocking the mbemberus with such wisdom/ visionary.
    Maximum Respects CUCU , RIP

    • Kamau Wa Esther said

      Na hapo umenena Bwana Kiptoo…….As they say wamama ni werevu, men might use their might but women use their brains…RIP Motomia wa Mbugua!

  6. Kangemi said

    As much one would like to think love “conquers all”, you have to be aware that marriages almost always involve extended families. Heck, it’s hard enough with your “own” – whatever that means.

  7. let mr Mbugu enjoy the wealth of his wife watasema leo kesho watalala,the Nyalgunga’s are wasting time mrembo wambui amevumili since 1989 upto 2008.Mbugua akawa dawa yake now mbugua aitwe aka sonko mbugua wambui.let mama rest in peac

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