In Summary
  • Family complies with tradition and ‘fetches’ it from London where he died in 2003.
  • A bullock was slaughtered to mark occasion.

Twelve years after his death, the family of former Vice-President Wamalwa Kijana finally complied with the tradition requiring them to ‘bring home’ his spirit from where he died abroad.

A team led by his brother and Water Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa travelled to London on August 14 to “fetch” the spirit from the Royal Free Hospital where he died on August 23, 2003.

The delegation, which included family members and the Baengele clan, held a memorial service at the hospital before performing the ritual known as “Khulotia” (bringing the spirit home).

Dr Mukhisa Kituyi, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) secretary, Mr Wamalwa’s widow Yvonne Nambia, his son Jabali, daughter Chichi and grandchildren Malaika and Simiyu were present.

At the Kitale home, clan members, politicians and locals were anxiously waiting for the arrival of the team which travelled by road from the Kisumu Airport.

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