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November 17, 2018

Raila, Kuttuny and ex-bishop mourn Muge’s widow Herma

Herma lays a wreath on the grave of her husband Alexander Muge at St Mathews ACK, Eldoret, on August 16, 2010 / MONICAH MWANGI
Herma lays a wreath on the grave of her husband Alexander Muge at St Mathews ACK, Eldoret, on August 16, 2010 / MONICAH MWANGI

Herma, the widow of former fiery Anglican Church of Kenya Bishop Alexander Muge, has been eulogised as a determined and focused woman.

Among the first to mourn the death of Herma was NASA leader Raila Odinga.

In his message, Raila said Herma struggled through uneasy times of Kenya’s history. He said her death is a big loss to the country and the generation that witnessed her great effort.

“As a family, we witnessed and were encouraged by Herma’s role in Kenya’s political and social life and the struggle for change that her husband embraced. She stood with her husband and other progressive forces in Kenya against the excesses of the Kanu rule and in the process embodied the fight against all aspects of injustice,” Raila said.

Former Bishop of the Church in Eldoret Thomas Kogo and Cherangany MP Joshua Kuttuny also eulogised Herma.

“We stand with the family and pray to God to give them strength to bear this unfortunate loss,” Kogo said.

 Kenya Farmers Association director Kipkorir Menjo, a close friend of the family, said Herma supported her husband as he championed for democracy, fought against land grabbing and corruption.

Herma died on Friday in Eldoret after suffering a short illness at her Elgon View Estate home.

She was aged 64 year and complained of chest pains before she collapsed and pronounced dead on arrival at a hospital in the town. She had however been suffering from spinal problems previously.

Muge who was a harsh critic of the then Kanu regime of former President Moi died on August 14th 1990 in a controversial accident along the Eldoret-Webuye road.

He had been engaged in lengthy battle for the introduction of multiparty politics and human rights in the country and attended a rally in Busia, where he had been warned not to go by then  Labour minister Peter Okondo.

Okondo warned that Muge would not go back to Eldoret alive if he stepped in Busia for the prayer rally.

The cleric, however, defied the warning and on his way back, his car collided with a lorry ferrying milk near Kipkaren market.

The driver of the milk lorry was jailed for seven years but died in prison mysteriously after serving for five years.

Circumstances surrounding the accident that killed him on the spot were never resolved.

Herma had for many years unsuccessfully demanded answers as to how her husband died.

She fought unsuccessfully to have many community projects initiated by her husband in the North Rift completed and on several occasions during memorial events for her husband she complained of neglect after the death of her husband.

Herma will be buried in Kimngoror village, Nandi county, on Thursday.

Her body is at the Moi Referral Hospital Farewell Home.





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