It is a sad month indeed for us as a nation as we lose yet another woman who made history in Kenya for Kenyans. President Uhuru’s sister Margaret Wambui Kenyatta died yesterday at her Lavington home at age 89.
The deceased was The Late Jomo Kenyatta’s second born child with his first wife Grace Wahu. She is remembered for being the first female mayor of Nairobi from 1970 – 1976 after which she left to become Kenya’s Representative to the
Margaret was an activist for equality and women empowerment utilizing her contacts with international movements like Countrywomen of the world, International council of women, Women Presbyterians of Canada and the YWCA to help her achieve her objectives. Her efforts were seen when she was voted President of the National Council of Women of Kenya and in this position she was able to travel widely, addressing conferences and seminars throughout the world on Women’s Role in Nation Building. Her message always emphasized the importance of the home and children and the place of education in building a solid future.
One of her greatest achievements was when she was awarded the Order of the Queen of Sheba by Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia in recognition for her efforts.
As Maya Angelou said ‘’ The best part of life is not just surviving, but thriving with passion and compassion and humor and style and generosity and kindness.’’ Margaret was said to be strong and jovial woman and her footprints leave a mark of importance in our hearts as a nation.
May she rest in peace.