Seven years later a family still too stunned to speak

Published on 06/06/2009

By Standard on Saturday Reporters

Another family that lost their breadwinner is still grappling with grief. Mama Elizabeth Wavinya terms the loss of her husband Mutuku Muia a big blow to her family.

Muia was running a metal welding business in Chumvi when death struck. His wife was initially reluctant to talk and directed us to her lawyer RM Mutie. “I lost my husband and life has never been the same. Life is difficult,” she says.

Wavinya says following his death, she was unable to raise fees for her firstborn son who had finished primary education and was to proceed to secondary school.

“I had no option but to encourage the boy to join me in the small grocery store I was running before the demise of my husband,” Wavinya reveals.

Lack of school fees

Two other children had to struggle through high school and finished Form Four but she says she is unable to pay for their college education. “Thinking about what happened to my husband is stressful and I have left my fate to God,” she says, adding she got saved after the loss.

Lawyer Mutie says apart from the compensation by the company that had insured Kibaki’s vehicle, nothing more has happened.

Mutie revealed he was pursuing other means for the State to compensate his client for the loss.

State compensation

Wavinya runs a grocery and retail shop at Kathome trading centre on the Machakos –Nairobi highway.

“The business provides for our daily upkeep but I must say life has never been the same without my dear husband,” concedes Wavinya.

She adds it was difficult coping with life following the loss, and more so for the children. “It is a painful matter that I would not like to remember and talk about,” says Wavinya.

Her plea is that the State at least compensates them for the loss of their breadwinner.




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