KCSE candidate dies before sitting last paper; mother condemns how sad news was delivered

A family in Gitweku Village in Kiharu Constituency, Murang’a County is mourning the death of their loved one, a Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) candidate, who collapsed and died Wednesday (November 23) morning.

Roseliz Wanjiku Mwangi, 18, was a student at Karingu Secondary School in Kiharu Constituency.

Roseliz, who was index number 15, had successfully sat 15 KCSE papers, and was left with only one paper – Business Studies – which she was to sit for Thursday (November 24) afternoon.

Invigilators, who spoke to eDaily in confidence, said Roseliz’s classmates received the sad news while sitting for Physics Paper Two and CRE Paper Two on Wednesday.

The invigilators observed that Ms Wanjiku’s classmates wept a better part of the exam session.

At Wanjiku’s home in Gitweku Village, gloom engulfed the family. Her father, Michael Mwangi, said very little while looking at her daughter’s pictures with only fond memories left.

Mr Mwangi said he will remember his daughter as an obedient girl who was bubbly.

He said he received the heartbreaking news of his daughter while at work; and added he has lost strength to comprehend issues, including which morgue to take his daughter’s body.

Ms Wanjiku’s mother, Regina Mueni Mwangi, had tears rolling down her cheeks as she remembered her daughter’s last moments.

Mueni said she is shocked by her daughter’s death, given Wanjiku’s upbeat character.

She recounted her daughter recently developed a swelling on her leg and was taken to Murang’a Level Four Hospital where she was treated and discharged.

Mueni said a doctor advised her daughter to tie up the lump so as to increase circulation of blood to other parts of the body.

According to Mueni, on the fateful day, her daughter took a motorbike home – from school – only for her to collapse on arrival.

The motorist rushed her to Kimkan Hospital in Murang’a where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

Wanjiku’s mother blames the doctor who tied a piece of clothe on Wanjiku’s leg for her death.

“At Kimkan Hospital, I was told that she died because blood was not circulating properly in the body due to the knot tied around her swollen leg,” Mueni told eDaily.

Mueni has condemned the manner in which news about her daughter’s death was delivered to her by nurses.

She urges nurses and doctors to be mindful of the agony one goes through for losing a loved one. “They just told us at once that this one has already died! It was so piercing!” she said.

Roseliz Wanjiku Mwangi had dreams of becoming a lecturer.


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