Mama Lucy Kibaki’s advice that moved Senator Sonko

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Nairobi Senator Gidion Mbuvi alias Mike Sonko has eulogized former First Lady Mama Lucy Kibaki on his social media pages.

Sonko posted a video of the late Mama Lucy Kibaki advising Kenyans after a petrol tanker exploded in Nakuru’s Sachangwan area in February, 2009 killing over 100 people.

Referring to the former First Lady’s advice as wise and priceless, Sonko captioned the video: “Take a moment and listen to the Her H.E. the Late Lucy Kibaki’s advice. Watu wangu advice is like snow – the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind. Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.”

In the three-minute-clip, Mama Lucy Kibaki touched on a number of issues, among them urging the rich and wealthy to refrain from taking advantage of the less fortunate members of society.

“We learn from such occurrences (oil tanker fire) through civic education. Let us be taught in the rural areas that petrol is dangerous; we shouldn’t send our children to collect it from the tankers. That is when we shall learn. We have not been taught – our people are ignorant, but are innocent.”

Mama Lucy Kibaki gave her speech after visiting victims of the Sachangwan tragedy at the Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi where some of the accident victims were admitted.

“They (victims) treat petrol like water. The kids I have seen here (in hospital) are all young. The oldest I have seen is 34-years-old. Most of them are teenagers and school boys. One of them had told me he had just joined Form One. I encouraged him that no one is going to take his position in Form One.”

“These are children who were sent by their parents to go collect petrol because of how the situation is in Kenya – to sell that petrol, and not use it for cooking. They wanted to get at least a hundred shillings to buy food for that night. That is why the young people were there. Others were exploited by well-off people. I warn Kenyans to stop exploiting the poor and the hungry. You misuse them during hunger, you misuse them during campaigns,” Mama Lucy Kibaki said.

The tanker explosion that prompted Lucy Kibaki to speak emotionally occurred near Molo, Nakuru County.

The tanker overturned along a highway spilling gallons of gas which hundreds of residents rushed to scoop up.

The vehicle exploded about an hour later, apparently after one of the residents lit a cigarette or started a fire at the crash site.

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