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The sisters who died alongside their parents in Limuru crash

By Boniface Gikandi | November 2nd 2021

Evelyne Waithera (L) and her sister Rhoda Njeri (R) died in a road accident alongside their parents on Monday, November 1. [Boniface Gikandi, Standard]

Evelyn Waithera, 32, was at the wheel, when the vehicle she was driving collided head-on with a matatu at Kamirithu area in Limuru, Kiambu County, killing her and three of her family members on the spot.

Waithera’s elder sister, Rhoda Njeri, 43, father William Kamau, 77, and mother Jane Njoki, 69, were en route to Nakuru from Nairobi, when the fatal crash occurred at 8pm.

Waithera’s male cousin, a student at one of the universities in Kenya, survived the accident, and was taken to PCEA Kikuyu Hospital in critical condition.

Waithera worked as a nutrition and dietetics lecturer at the Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) in Nairobi. On Tuesday, her students were overwhelmed with grief, when they viewed her body at the Montezuma Monalisa Funeral Home in Kabati, Murang’a.

KMTC-Nairobi students in grief after viewing the body of their lecturer Evelyn Waithera. [Boniface Gikandi, Standard]

The late Waithera studied Bachelor of Science in Foods, Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Eastern Africa Baraton. Prior to that, she attended Mugoiri Girls’ High School in Murang’a County and Buruburu 1 Primary School in Nairobi.

Her elder sister, Rhoda Njeri, worked as an accountant at a private hospital in Murang’a Town.

Njeri studied at Gakurwe Primary School, Gakurwe Secondary School in Kiharu, Murang’a, and later pursued an accounting course at one of the colleges in the county.

She was married to a Murang’a-based man.

William Kamau, his spouse Jane Njoki, their daughters Rhoda Njeri and Evelyn Waithera were heading to Nakuru for an in-law’s burial, when the accident occurred.

The parents of Waithera and Njeri also died in the Monday accident. [Boniface Gikandi, Standard]

Joyce Mwaniki, the victims’ relative, said they received news of the family’s tragedy with shock.

“Kamau, who was ailing, and his spouse Njoki relocated to Nairobi from Murang’a last year so that he could get uninterrupted medical attention,” said Mwaniki, the couple’s niece.

The victims’ relatives back in Kiharu, Murang’a County are now planning the burial of the four, whose bodies were moved to the Montezuma Monalisa Funeral Home in Kabati, Murang’a.

The family of Kamau, a former employee of Kenya Power, is survived by three sons, Anthony Irungu, Muturi Kamau and Maina Kamau.

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