Deceased man from Othaya leaves a walking stick for Kibaki

Emilio Mwai Kibaki, C.G.H. Third President of Kenya in December 2002-2013

Emilio Mwai Kibaki, C.G.H. Third President of Kenya in December 2002-2013

 A man, who had indicated in his will, that immediate former President Mwai Kibaki inherits his walking stick, has died.

Joseph Mwangi Thuita, 86, a long-term Kibaki friend had instructed his children to present his walking stick to the former president having seen him on TV, trip during the funeral of the late Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo.

Thuita was Kibaki’s schoolmate. The man from Gachami village in Othaya, died barely a few days after issuing the instructions.

Relatives said Thuita became concerned after he saw Kibaki limp and almost fell during Mutula’s requiem mass.  His daughter, Margaret Watetu, said the elderly man was concerned about the incident.

“I think it is time mzee (Kibaki) started using a walking stick for such things to be avoided,” said Watetu, quoting her late father’s words, adding: “I want you to give this walking stick to Kibaki, once I die. He should be using it to support himself when walking.”

Walking stick

The family is now willing to fulfil Thuita’s wish by handing over the walking stick, which they showed The Standard, to Kibaki as a special gift.

Watetu and her sister, Hellen Mwangi said their father was watching the requiem mass on live TV.

“He appeared shocked after he saw Kibaki trip and aides rushed to support him. He said we should hand over the walking stick to him (Kibaki) when he comes for his funeral,” said Mwangi.

The relatives said they did not take him seriously, until Wednesday when he died in his bed, moments after he asked one of his sons to bring him some water to drink.


“He woke up fit, went to the toilet and retreated to his bed again. He asked my brother to bring him some drinking water to his bedroom, but by the time he arrived with a jug of water, my father was dead,” said Mwangi.

They said the elderly man has been suffering from cancer since 2006.

“He has been ailing and he has been receiving treatment from various hospitals,” said Watetu.

Thuita was a classmate with Kibaki, at Karima and Mathari, now known as Karima High and Nyeri High Schools respectively



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