PHOTOS: Janet Wangui was buried in an isolated, forested area

The late Janet Wangui Kirubi

Janet Wangui Kirubi was buried in a lonely, isolated place.

Her folks wanted her buried at Lang’ata cemetery but she was buried at Rwathia, Kangema, Murang’a County.

The burial was preceded by a brief stand-off at Chiromo Mortuary that saw her elder sister, Lilian Njoki and younger brother, Christopher Waiyaki snub the burial.

Waiyaki told The Nairobian they kept off the burial due to the casual manner Wangui’s husband, George Kirubi treated the matter and also failed to pay dowry.

Spot where Janet was buried as viewed from the homestead

“Janet remains at Chiromo were registered under my name. I am the one who released the body for him to bury. Why did he refuse to be acknowledged as husband in the mortuary records?” says Waiyaki.

In Murang’a, over 15-limometre stretch from Kangemi town the road was marked and boldly inscribed her name, Janet.

However, the USIU alumni was interred over half a kilometre from the homestead in a forested patch, leaving her quiet grave guarded and pacified by crowded eucalyptus trees and a lush tea farm.

“I can’t believe that is Janet’s grave lying in solitude in the bush. I worked for her five years ago and we have been friends all along. It is such a sad ending,” a mourner said.

Waiyaki lamented that her sister was literally thrown away but Kirubi and family insisted Wangui was not discarded.

Where she was buried

“I had allocated her that part of ancestral land and was planning to build her a bungalow similar to her co-wife,” Kirubi explained.

House belonging to Kirubi's first wife