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Read why Njonjo was cremated immediately after death

While the cremation process is still considered taboo in some parts of Kenya, rich families appear to embrace it as an alternative to burial.

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Even before the news of the passing on of Kenya’s first black Attorney General, Charles Mugane Njonjo, hit the country, his body had already been cremated.

Njonjo’s doctor, David Silverstein, who also served late President Daniel Moi, declared him dead at 5 am Sunday at his home in Muthaiga, Nairobi.

His body was, thereafter, hastily, taken to Lee Funeral Home, where it was prepared for cremation at Kariokor Hindu Crematorium, Nairobi.

What could have led to the fast turn of events for a person of such stature locally and internationally, that even no government officials were present at the cremation?

In an interview with renowned journalist Jackson Biko in 2015, Njonjo, who was then 95, said he did not fear death, adding he had made necessary arrangements for his cremation.

“Death is something you can face, why fear it? I don’t engage in that kind of thought and I don’t want anyone to raise money when I die, friends meeting at the cathedral. I don’t want any collection of money,” he said.

While the cremation process is still considered taboo in some parts of Kenya, rich families appear to embrace it as an alternative to burial.

In 2018, the body of former Cabinet Minister and Second Liberation icon Kenneth Matiba was cremated in a guarded send-off at Lang’ata Crematorium.

Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai was cremated in 2011 in a private ceremony at the Kariokor crematorium after passing on at the Nairobi Hospital after a long fight with ovarian cancer.

John Macharia, the son of Royal Media Services founder SK Macharia, was cremated after dying in a road accident along the Southern Bypass in Nairobi.

Former chairperson of the Maendeleo ya Wanawake Organization, Jane Kiano was also cremated on October 27, 2018, at the Kariokor crematorium two days after her death.

Former Anglican Archbishop Manasses Kuria was cremated in 2005, with a majority of church members voicing strong objections to the rite.

Also, Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore was interred at the Kariokor Hindu Crematorium. He passed away on July 1, 2019, at his Nairobi home after a long battle with cancer.

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Uhuru Gardens ready for Madaraka Day fete, says PS Kibicho

The principal secretary said they would be visiting the gardens every Thursday until June 1 to ensure all loose ends are tied up properly, promising that the celebrations will be very colourful.

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This year’s national Madaraka Day celebrations at Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi County will be open to 30,000 people, up from 10,000 in 2021.

Permanent Secretary in the State Department for Interior, Dr Karanja Kibicho, said this follows the relaxation of COVID-19 containment measures.

“Children will also be allowed in on the celebrations this year, and we expect county celebrations to happen too,” the PS said while on an inspection tour of the venue.

The PS said the government decided to move the celebrations from the County rotational back to Nairobi because it will be the last event for the current administration before it exits office.

“Because of the significance of this particular Madaraka day, being the last for this regime, we decided to celebrate it at Uhuru Gardens to break the tradition of celebrating it in counties,”

He revealed that preparations were currently at 90 percent complete and expressed confidence that all will be set for the event as the country marks 59 years of self rule.

The principal secretary said they would be visiting the gardens every Thursday until June 1 to ensure all loose ends are tied up properly, promising that the celebrations will be very colourful.

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Queen Elizabeth mourns Kibaki as a great Statesman with commendable legacy

Kibaki will be buried at his home in Othaya, Nyeri County on Saturday.

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Queen Elizabeth II has mourned former President the late Mwai Kibaki eulogizing him as “a great statesman”.

“I was sorry to receive the news of the death of Mwai Kibaki. He had a lifelong record of service to the Kenyan people. It will be of deep sadness to your country to have lost a great statesman, but Kenya can take pride in the legacy of his leadership. I send you and the people of Kenya my condolences at this loss,” the message read.

The British High Commission further affirmed its close ties to Kenya and renewed its assurances to the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“The British High Commission avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kenya the assurances of its highest consideration,” the High Commission said.

The late Kibaki passed away on 21 April 2022, aged 90.

President Uhuru, who issued a proclamation that he would be granted a state funeral with full civilian and military honours, announced his death.

Kibaki will be buried at his home in Othaya, Nyeri County on Saturday.

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Safaricom partners with Zeraki Learning for Digital Learning platform

This digital platform seeks to provide topic-by-topic assessments and powerful metrics to help students diagnose their weaknesses and track their progress.

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Safaricom Technology for Development, Senior Manager,l Benjamin Makai,Zeraki learning Chief Operations officer Erick Oude and Safaricom Product Manager Kennedy Kahura together test the newly launched video learning app on tablet during the launch of the Zeraki learning digital platform at Kenya Institute of Curriculum development.PHOTO/Courtesy.

Safaricom (NSE: SCOM) has partnered with Zeraki Learning to enable secondary school learners access affordable education services from well trained teachers and informative video lessons.

This digital platform seeks to provide topic-by-topic assessments and powerful metrics to help students diagnose their weaknesses and track their progress.

“Our investments in education, both from a solutions and philanthropic perspective, are geared towards addressing current gaps and boost youth employability. Through the partnership with Zeraki Learning we want to ensure that the platform makes digital education accessible and affordable. For parents, Zeraki gives them access to their child’s academic record which they can use to support their decisions”, said Peter Ndegwa, CEO, Safaricom.

Safaricom has added a touchpoint within MySafaricom App which will enable parents and guardians to subscribe for the service for as low as KES 20 a day. The amount can be deducted from customers’ airtime/postpaid bill or via M-PESA

“We are glad to be able to extend our services to Safaricom customers in a bid to make learning accessible to students from all backgrounds. By leveraging on Safaricom’s technology and platform and pairing it with our services, we will provide a solution that we hope will have a positive impact in Kenya,” said Isaac Nyangolo, CEO, Zeraki Learning.

Zeraki analytics offers the latest system of compiling and analyzing students’ data by providing an interface for results analysis, marks entry, and bulk messaging to parents. For the teachers, Zeraki analytics results gives them a new and easy way to analyze and visualize exam results.

The platform is available in the education section of MySafaricom App under the discover tab and on www.safaricom.com/elimu

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