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Laikipia granny celebrates her 112th birthday

03 September 2013, 16:39 Joseph Mkubwa

Laikipia - There was song and dance at Karungu village in Sirima location within Laikipia County when Rachel Wanjiru celebrated her 112th birthday.

The ever smiling Wanjiru cut a cake to celebrate her birthday by the family members in a colourful ceremony held at her home.

The centenarian can be able to read the bible very well after putting on her spectacles.

It was a beehive of activity as the villagers and relatives rejoiced and shared some sweet delicacies with her while others were posing for photos.

Feeling loved and appreciated, Wanjiru can sing English, Kiswahili and Kikuyu and testifies that she has been able to live that long because of salvation and her commitment in serving God.

According to her granddaughter Hellen Wamucii, Wanjiru has always stuck to her traditional food.

Wamucii said that her grandmother always nurtured them to become responsible wives and mothers and be worth emulating to the coming generations.

“We have been asking our grandmother why cases of divorce are so intense in our modern families and the answer she gives is that most modern men and women really adored luxurious lifestyles and this has led to bad morals in our marriages,” says Wamucii.

Wanjiru’s grandson Joseph Muchemi said his grandmother is very entertaining.

“She has always taught us to build our own unique characters and she is a born again Christian, a path that I have followed that has worked successfully for me,” said Muchemi.

Wanjiru has lived to see countless great great grandchildren; over 100 grandchildren and her 9 children.

Purity Elderly Care Foundation Executive Director Joyce Wanjiku Kairu who was also present during the occasion urged the government to set aside special funds for the elderly and ensure that the funds are accessible to the vulnerable persons.

She lamented that more than 80 per cent of elderly men and women in Kenya live in dire poverty and some of them end up perishing due to neglect by their family members.

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