In Summary
  • Elizabeth Kimunya considered the face of 2007 Rift Valley church massacre laid to rest in a low-key, politics-fee ceremony.
  • In the Kiambaa church attack, at least 28 people were burnt to death.
  • Ms Kimunya passed on at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital on July 6, 2019.

Ms Elizabeth Kimunya, who became the face of the 2007-2008 post-election violence, was on Friday laid to rest in Kiambaa, Uasin Gishu County, in a low-key event.

No elected leader attended the burial.

After the January 1, 2008 arson attack at the Assemblies of God Church in Kiambaa, Eldoret, she became the face of the chaos. This was after a photo of her pleading for mercy, with her hands held up, and with a shoe in one hand, went viral.


Ms Kimunya died at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital on Saturday, July 6, of what doctors described as tumours in her stomach and depression.

Mr Philip Kimunya, her son, said his mother slid into depression following the violence more than a decade ago.

“It was really challenging. I had to do menial jobs to raise money to cater for her food and other needs,” said Mr Kimunya, 27.

On that fateful day in 2008, Ms Kimunya had gone to work in order to feed her son, who was aged 16 then.

Elizabeth Kimunya

Family members during the burial of Ms Elizabeth Kimunya in Kiambaa, Uasin Gishu on July 12, 2019. Kimunya was the face of 2007-2008 post-election violence. PHOTO | STANLEY KIMUGE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

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