Margaret Wambui, sister of Kenya's president dies at 89

Margaret Wambui was the eldest daughter of Mzee Jomo Kenyatta and she died at the age of 89 years.

Kenya's president, Uhuru Kenyatta.

Margaret Wambui was the eldest daughter of Mzee Jomo Kenyatta and she died at the age of 89 years.

Margaret was Jomo Kenyatta’s second born child after her brother Peter Muigai from the founding President’s first wife Grace Wahu.

The deceased was among the Pioneer students of Alliance High School when it started as a mixed school in 1947.

From 1970 to 1976, Margaret served as the Mayor of Nairobi and later become Kenya’s Representative to the United Nations, where she served for 10 years.

During her father’s lifetime, Margaret was the most politically active member of the Kenyatta family. There was a lot of Jomo in her mien and she is said to have inherited her father’s toughness and charisma, which saw her elected as councilor for Dagoreti for four successive terms.

A week before Mzee Jomo died the family had a memorable gathering that brought together all family members. It was like Mzee wanted to say goodbye to us. It is unfortunate a few years later, these meetings stopped”.

Margaret so followed in her father’s footsteps that she took up teaching at Githunguri College, where Jomo was Principal. The college was shut down during the emergency period after Jomo was arrested.

Margaret was also arrested and detained for a week. While her father served a seven-year prison term, Margaret held various odd jobs and became active in the People’s Congress Party, which worked for African rights and the release of political prisoners.

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