Cecilia Njeri Gicheha’s life was wickedly cut short by two rash and careless drivers who travel the Kasarani route regularly. The 23-year-old UON died last Friday in the accident involving two Mwiki Sacco buses near Tusky’s Beba Beba. The two matatus buses that she was sandwiched in between are said to have been wrestling for customers. Based on what eye witnesses revealed, the girl cried out when she was hit by the first matatu but the second one squeezed her further. The two selfish drivers were trying to squash into a small space before one of them reversed and hit her and the other one crushed her.
The poor victim was finally buried yesterday being Sunday. Friends and relatives praised her enthusiastically as hardworking, humble, kind, loving and God-fearing. The young girl was assistant chair lady of an inter-denominational evangelist group called Truth Movement.
According to UON’s Truth Movement chairman Anthony Mwangi, she was an active member of different campus groups. Limuru MP John Kiragu urged the public to continue to pray with Njeri’s family. He went further to say “We have lost a young and an energetic person, she had a bright future”. The MP also called on motorists to heed to traffic rules and respect people on foot as the number of accidents has grown significantly.
Peter Mwathi, Parliamentary devolution trainer demands that the government should make sure the drivers of the matatu which killed Njeri will not go unpunished. In his words:
We want to see justice done for the family of Njeri. This can only be achieved by ensuring the driver of the mini bus is convicted by a court of law,”
The burial of the precious Kenyan youth brimmed with notable personalities, including the management of Boma Hotel, where Njeri was supposed to resume work on Wednesday. Other notable personalities present at the funeral were Kiambu Assembly Speaker Gathii Irungu, MCA’s Njenga Murugami (Limuru Central) and Nelson Munga (Ndeiya), and businessman George Gichini. An eye-witness account of the even on the social media read:
Cecilia was coming back from home and was to attend a fellowship with friends but it never came to pass. After the accident, Miss Cecilia Njeri Gicheha, popularly known as Bianca broke her ribs and chest bones. Good Samaritans rushed her to a hospital but she died while doctors were still taking an X-ray. So we say a final farewell to the young student who was to graduate in December with a degree in hospitality that is offered at the university’s Utalii constituent college. Even though those matatus drivers always take short-term insurance in order to avoid this kind of responsibilities, we hope the drivers don’t go score-free on this one. Yes, we are looking out for justice to be rightly served!
Here are some of the photos from her funeral