Peninah Wanjiru Kapaito, the elder sister of the late former Vice President George Saitoti, was laid to rest on Tuesday, September 22.
She was buried at Kahara Village in Olkeri Ward, Kajiado North Constituency in a ceremony that was attended by Kajiado Governor Joseph Ole Lenku and other leaders.
The family said that the deceased died on September 14 after a short illness and was aged 82.Governor Joseph ole Lenku speaking at the burial of Peninah Wanjiru Kapaito on September 22, 2020File
She is survived by 7 children among them Assistant Chief Paul Tunkei.Mourners at the burial of Peninah Wanjiru Kapaito on September 22, 2020File
"I pray to our God Almighty to give her family, friends and the residents of Kahara the strength to overcome this loss. We thank our Lord for the 82 years she gave us Peninah.
"Go thee well, mum. We shall miss you," Governor Ole Lenku mourned at the ceremony.
The Saitoti family is among many Kikuyus who fled to Kajiado during the colonial regime.
The family adopted the Maasai identity and culture to escape the wrath of the then-government which was harassing their Kikuyu community over the Mau Mau uprising of 1952.
The former VP was born George Kinuthia but later was given the name Saitoti.
The two communities form the biggest population in Kajiado and, in the past, there have been tensions brought about by differences in economic activities and land division.
During Peninah's burial, the local leaders supported the county government's efforts to solve the differences by building an ultra-modern market.
The MCAs reiterated that the market was a godsend opportunity to offer trading spaces to residents and asked local leaders against politicising its management.
Governor Ole Lenku said that he had already met committee members of the various markets and promised that all stakeholders would be involved.Governor Joseph Ole Lenku and Zachary Saitoti at the burial of Peninah Wanjiru Kapaito on September 22, 2020File
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