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Scanty details as Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai's ex-husband dies

The family has provided very little information on the death

Scanty details as Wangari Mathai's ex-husband, former Lang'ata MP Mwangi Mathai dies

The ex-husband of the Late Prof. Wangari Maathai, former Langa'ta MP Mwangi Mathai is dead.

An obituary placed in the Daily Nation announced that the former legislator had passed on without providing details of how and when it happened.

The obituary simply read: "Further details will be communicated later," which can be interpreted to indicate that the death had occurred recently.


The obituary did not bear any details on funeral arrangements or family associations just that he had served as the Lang'ata constituency MP.

The deceased was married to the late Nobel Laureate in 1969 and went on to have her only three known children before they parted ways in 1979.

He launched his book "Beyond Poverty and Vulnerability in Kenya" at the University of Nairobi in 2016 in an event that was graced by his daughter Wanjira.

He has also been a present at a majority of events organized by the Greenbelt Movement which was founded by his ex-wife.

He is also listed as the Managing Director of Matraco International Limited, a company associated with soap products.


Messy divorce

In her book "Unbowed: One Woman's Story", Prof. Maathai recounted that her husband's decision to leave her came as a surprise.

"I was stunned. This was real: Mwangi had made a decision to leave me," she recounted.

Commenting on the divorce proceedings, she wrote: "Mwangi accused me of adultery, of causing his high blood pressure and of being cruel."


The former Tetu MP spent three days in jail after confronting the judge who had been presiding over the divorce suit.

She narrated that her ex-husband had requested her to never disclose his identity and for her period in public life her husband remained a mystery.


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