The family of the late Jacinta Wanjiku Karugu, wife to Nyeri Deputy Governor Dr Caroline Karugu, has said they are trying as hard as they can not to weep at the loss.
In his message of condolence, the President fondly remembered Mama Jacinta, 76, as a steadfast advocate for the well-being of women and girls.
“It is with deep sorrow that I have been informed of the passing away of Mama Jacinta Wanjiku, the family matriarch of the Karugu family and a highly respected community leader who strongly supported the wellbeing and progress of women and girls.
“Throughout her illustrious life, Mama Jacinta Wanjiku Karugu mentored and created opportunities for many young women and girls to excel and prosper in life,” President Kenyatta mourned
Besides women empowerment, Mama Jacinta Karugu was passionate about health and participated extensively in initiatives aimed at providing quality healthcare in Nyeri County
“As a nation we are forever indebted to Mama Jacinta Karugu for the role she played in improving healthcare in Nyeri County. We appreciate that together with others she facilitated the construction of several health centres which have enabled residents of Nyeri to access quality healthcare,” the President said.
After a career in public service, former public official Mama Jacinta Karugu turned to farming, starting several agricultural businesses that created jobs for youth and improved her community’s livelihood.
The President wished the Karugu family God’s comfort and fortitude as they come to terms with the passing away of their family matriarch saying Mama Jacinta Wanjiku was a woman of great faith who raised a successful family.
“We will forever be grateful for the work she did for our nation over the years and for raising a strong family that continues to contribute to the development of our country.
“I pray that God the Almighty will comfort and grant each one of you fortitude during this difficult period of mourning your beloved family matriarch,” President Kenyatta comforted the family of Mama Jacinta Wanjiku Karugu