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Late VP Wamalwa's memorial begins in London

18 August 2015, 09:18 Arap Yego

Bungoma - Preparations for the 12th anniversary of the death of the former Vice President, the late Michael Kijana  Wamalwa slated for this weekend, have started.

Close family members of the late Ford Kenya party leader, led by his younger brotherwho is the Water Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, met on Monday for a memorial service at the Royal Free hospital in London where Michael passed away as he received treatment on August 23, 2003.

Speaking to News24, Isaac Wanjekeche, the CS Private Secretary said Dr Mukhisa Kituyi who is the Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and a cousin of the late VP has  joined the family for the service.

He explained that the memorial service is in line with a Bukusu traditional rite that is referred to as ‘Khulotia’ which literally means bringing the spirit of a deceased person home.

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“Dr Mukhisa Kituyi flew in on Sunday from his base in Geneva, Switzerland to be with the family of the VP who include the widow Yvonne Wamalwa and children Jabali Wamalwa and Michelle Chichi, brother Egene Wamalwa among others,” he added.

Khulotia is a way of paying the last respect to a deceased relative. Bukusu cultural rites are held at a site or location where a deceased person lost their life,” he explained.

Several leaders among them top politicians from the Luhya community are expected at Wamalwa’s Milimani home in Kitale for the memorial celebrations on Sunday.

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