By Anoziva Marindire


The Nairobi Westgate mall shooting has left Kenya and indeed the rest of Africa mourning, Africa cries for the potential loss when young men and women were killed by Al- Shabaab Jihads.

The story of Mbugua Mwangi, nephew to President Uhuru Kenyatta, and his fiancée Rosemary Wahito who died on September 21 during the shootout, reads like a story from one of Shakespeare’s novels.

Mbugua Mwangi

Mbugua Mwangi

Mbugua died from eight bullet wounds whilst shielding his fiancée Rosemary or Wahito as her many friends call her, the young couple had announced their wedding plans to family and friends only a month ago and had gone to buy their wedding rings when Al Shabaab gunmen opened fire on Westgate mall in Kenya’s capital.

Roy Wachira, mentee and friend to Mbugua, described his friend on facebook as an astute business man.

Rosemary Wahito

Rosemary Wahito

In his post he wrote, “I remember how you would not take no for an answer as we sat countless hours in various government offices awaiting approval and signatures.”

Wachira cited that Mwangi used to play various sports and work at Kameme Fm during school holidays in their student days, giving images of a hardworking and focused man.

As family and friends mourn a great friend, they continue to reflect on the couples loving nature and love for one another. Mbigua’s story of bravery and love for his bride to be has found a soft spot in the hearts of Africa’s young people who continue to tweet and post on how courageous and loving this fellow African was to the point of giving up his own life for the one he loved, who unfortunately also lost her life in the blood spat.

Ben Kiruthi, a famous Kenyan wedding photographer, also expressed his sadness at the death of the two, as he was looking forward to shooting the couples beautiful wedding.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, while addressing the nation on Saturday said “I ask God to give you comfort as you confront this tragedy, and I know how you feel having also lost close family members in this deadly attack.”

The President was evidently emotional and pained when he described the actions of the terrorist and commented on his nephew and bride to be “These are young lovely people I personally knew and loved. They shall not get away with their despicable and beastly acts,” Kenyatta said.

Mbugua was the only son to Catherine Mwangi, a sister to nominated Senator Beth Mugo and former politician Ngengi Muigai who are first cousins of the president.
His mother is a former Ambassador to Ireland, having been appointed by President Mwai Kibaki.

Those that also died in the attack that came to an end Tuesday morning were Ross Langdon an Australian architect and his Dutch girlfriend Elif Yavuz, who were expecting their first child next month, and 78 year old famous Ghanaian poet and writer, Kofi Awoonor, he was due to perform that Saturday evening at a festival in heart of Nairobi.

News of the South mourns the loss of all those that lost their lives during this weekend in Kenya, Nairobi, Westgate mall shooting. We extend our hands together with the rest of Africa in sending our heartfelt condolences to Kenya and all the families all over the world who lost their lived one to this senseless bloodshed. – News Of The South




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