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Mbugua Mwangi and Rosemary Wahito (President Uhuru Kenyatta nephew)
Mbugua Mwangi and his fiancee Rosemary Wahito are among the 62 Kenyans who died at Westgate Mall when hooded gunmen sprayed bullets on shoppers at the upmarket mall on Saturday.
The two are said to have been at a jewellery shop at the mall shopping for a wedding ring,he was shot eight times while shielding his fiancee.
Mbugua had three weeks ago visited his fiancee’s parents to inform them of their marriage plans. Mbugua is the son of Catherine Mwangi, the sister of former Cabinet minister Beth Mugo and Ngengi Muigai. Catherine, Beth and Ngengi are Uhuru’s first cousins.
On Saturday when he addressed the press President Kenyatta mourned his nephew and eulogised them as lovely people.
“I ask God to give you comfort as you confront this tragedy, and I know what you feel having also lost very close family members in this deadly attack,” said Kenyatta.
According to the Irish Independent newspaper, Mwangi’s mother, Catherine Muigai Mwangi, had recently returned home from Dublin following a six-year posting as Kenya’s ambassador to Ireland.
President Kenyatta’s elder sister Christine Wambui Pratt was also at Westgate at the time of the attack, but managed to escape. Mwangi was the only child in here family. A Facebook page has been set up to celebrate the two.
There will be a funeral service later today at St Andrews church. The two will be buried on Friday in Gatundu.
On Saturday at around midday, unknown number of gunmen invaded upmarket Westgate Mall in Westland shooting at least 62 people and injuring 200 more. It was an unexpected attack that left many at a loss. The attack was reminiscent of the 1998 US embassy bombing in Nairobi that lest .
Kenyans cut shot their weekend plans and stayed glued on their television set looking at scenes only seen on movies like ‘The Hostage’ but unlike the heroic ending pf the hostage situation things were different at Westgate. There was blood and tears everywhere.
The government has said 62 people have so far died from the Westgate Mall siege that has entered its third day.Two terrorists are amont those killed by the Kenyan forces.
The government said the smoke that had created anxiety at Westgate was the gunmen who had burned mattress at Nakumatt store.
In a Statement released to news rooms Cabinet Secretary for Interior Joseph Ole Lenku disputed the figures released by Kenya Red Cross Society which has been in the forefront of saving and removing victims from the scene of the attack.
“The death toll remains 62 and 175 injured. Some NGOs have given a higher death toll, which we believe to be incorrect owing to the possibility of double-counting,” Lenku said in an earlier statement.
Some of the victims have already been released to family for burial.
The government has warned Kenyans against contributing money for Westgate victims through suspect MPesa accounts.
“We would like to warn Kenyans against conmen. All Kenyans and other well-wishers are advised against sending monetary donations in respect of Westgate Mall to various MPesa accounts popping up everywhere. Please send money using only accounts published and verified by Government,” said Lenku.
No updates has been given as to the number of hostages still being held hostage by the 10-15 gunmen linked to Al Shabaab militia. Today journalist covering the siege had to scamper for safety after reports reached them that grenades were being thrown by the militias.
Read the release
UPDATE ON WESTGATE MALL SIEGE BY JOSEPH OLE LENKU, CABINET SECRETARY FOR INTERIOR AND COORDINATION OF NATIONAL GOVERNMENT Our gallant multi-agency security forces continued their operations overnight.
They have rescued a few more civilians held inside the mall, but a few still remain. We are unable to give precise figures at this stage. But we can confirm that our disciplined forces are up to the task and have been extremely careful to find the balance between neutralising the attackers and getting as many people to safety as possible.
The death toll remains 59 and 175 injured. Some NGOs have given a higher death toll, which we believe to be incorrect owing to the possibility of double-counting. Some of the dead have already been released to their families for burial.
We will in due course provide the number of foreigners killed in the attack. We would like to bring to the attention of Kenyans the following important information:
• First, we would like to warn Kenyans against providing false information to security agents on either people they believe are trapped in the mall or any other information as it takes away from the core task of bringing this siege to an end.
• Secondly, we would like to warn Kenyans against conmen. All Kenyans and other well-wishers are advised against sending monetary donations in respect of Westgate Mall to various MPesa accounts popping up everywhere. Please send money using only accounts published and verified by Government.
• Thirdly, we wish to assure Kenyans that security at all entry and departure points – including airports and the seaport — in the country has been significantly raised. • Fourth and lastly, we urge all Kenyans and people of goodwill to remain calm and vigilant. We thank all Kenyans for their support during this difficult time.
Thank you. Nairobi 23 September 2013 11:30 am