President Uhuru Kenyatta has eulogised Grace Nduta Mwaura, who until her death was an engineering student at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), as “a young woman of achievement, of good character and of even a greater promise”.
Ms Mwaura was laid to rest in Gakoe Village in Gatundu North Constituency in Kiambu County on Monday, February 13.
President Uhuru Kenyatta’s message was delivered by Head of Intelligence in the Office of the President, Kennedy Kihara.
“When we were fellowshipping with the Head of State at Kahawa Sukari Deliverance Church one Sunday, he asked how he could be of help,” began Mr Kihara.
“We told him that we had met our set budget half way. And he promised to settle the remaining 50 per cent of the budget,” added Mr Kihara.
Uhuru delivered on his promise, and even though he was unable to attend the burial of the late Nduta, he sent this message: “Margaret and I learnt of the death of Grace Nduta Mwaura with great sorrow. Like many of you, we are parents. Our hearts go out to her parents at this time of grief.
“Like many of you, Gatundu is my home. So my heart goes out to my own community which has lost a young woman of achievement, of good character and of even a greater promise.
“She was diligent in her studies and was looking forward to graduating from the university and making a life for herself. Her diligence was joined to a deep love and care for others. That is why she served so willingly in the St. John’s Ambulance.
“We can all imagine how much more she would have done had she lived longer.
“Though we are separated now from this child whom we loved, we know that one day we shall be reunited with her forever. May the Lord bless her family, may He comfort and encourage those who knew and loved Nduta. Fare thee well our daughter till we meet again, Uhuru Kenyatta – President,” said the President, via Kennedy Kihara.
While urging the youth to observe discipline, Gatundu North Member of Parliament, Francis Kigo Njenga, urged families to live in peace and pray for each other.
“The untimely death of Nduta was undeserved. Am urging families to live in peace and always pray together,” said Mr Kigo.
Kabete Member of Parliament, Ferdinand Waititu, urged the youth to choose amicable methods of resolving their differences.
“The youth should try to calm their emotions, irrespective of whatever disagreements. This is the only way to unite families and the country,” said Mr Waititu.
Grace Nduta Mwaura who went missing on January 25 was on February 2 found brutally murdered.
Police officers attached to Juja Police Station found parts of her body, including her limbs and intestines, stuffed in a bucket and hidden in the ceiling of a house in Kahawa Sukari.
Other parts of her body were found badly mutilated and thrown at a coffee plantation in Kalimoni area in Juja, Kiambu County.
Ms Mwaura’s eyes had been gouged out, nearly her whole body and face was skinned and her tongue had been cut out in a ritual-like killing.
Alongside her body parts, were Ms Mwaura’s laptop and the knife that was used in her killing.
Police officers attached to Juja Police Station later early February arrested Ms Mwaura’s 24-year-old brother, Charles Kibe, a university graduate, in connection with the murder.
Grace Nduta Mwaura was last seen on Wednesday, January 25, at 12 noon at her parents’ house in Kahawa Sukari.
Her disappearance was reported at Githurai Kimbo Police Station on January 29.
Mr Kibe, the first-born son in the family, could face years in prison if found guilty of killing his sister.
Mr Kibe was absent at the funeral. None of the speaker, including his father and mother, made any reference to him.
Mr Kibe has been in police custody since Thursday when he was discharged from the hospital, where he was treated for attempted suicide. None of his relatives have visited him since he was held at the police station.