Kiambu, Murang'a County leaders & Residents Rests Onesmus In Style.


Thika and Murang'a community, on Saturday the 23rd Jan 2016, came together to honour a one of their own sons, The Late Onesmus Kimani Ndung'u who lost his life to a tragic road accident last Sunday along Thika-Garissa Road near KVM.

The more than a thousand mourners from all over the country gathered at General Kago Funeral Home in Thika to pay their last tribute in memory of a much loved member of the business community. The same crowd brought Thika Town, Gatunyu and the deceased's native village of Rwaitira to a standstill as they followed the hearse carrying his remains from the funeral home to his final resting place, about 15km away, a journey that took more than three hours.

More than 200 vehicles snaked through the town's streets at a snail pace towards Gatanga Road, in the process causing a major traffic snarl up that stretched over 10km. A convoy on motorbikes led the mourners, hooting all the way to the destination, attracting curious on lookers along the way.

Diversions were put in place to accommodate the funeral cortege which stretched back more than 10km. Motorists had been warned to expect long delays in the area as some of the roads were temporarily closed to make way for the funeral procession. Hundreds of people could be seen lined up the streets to get first-hand eyewitness account of the whole procession. 

At about 1:00pm, the funeral entourage arrived at Rwaitira Primary School Grounds where The Late Onesmus' requiem mass was to take place. Withon a short time, the school compound was packed full of grieving family and friends.

Speaker after speaker, everyone who took the podium was in full praise of the deceased's great vision and contribution to the society. It was really very hard for most of them to come into terms with the loss. Majority of these mourners could be seen fighting back tears. 

The Late Onesmus was so strong and touched so many people's hearts, inspiring them in almost everything they did. The 32 year old father-of-one, a very popular figure both in Thika and Gatanga was regarded as the light and youth mantle that never lived to see his dream of transforming this communities come true.

One speaker summed it up by saying: 
“Although Onesmus is gone, he will never be forgotten. He was simply the best. He will be sadly missed by all. All our sympathies go out to his wife and kid.”

On this blisteringly warm day, the ceremony was graced by Kiambu Governor William Kabogo, Murang'a Deputy Governor Gakure Monyo, his County Assembly Deputy Speaker Moses Gachui Mungai, Gatanga MP Humphrey Kimani Njuguna (Roho Safi), his Kigumo counterpart Jamleck Kamau, Eng. Amos Njoroge Murang'a Energy Transport & Infrastructure Development CEC member and eight MCAs from both Kiambu and Murang'a Counties. Inooro FM's Kamau Wa Kang'ethe (GVN 48) led other Ngogoyo 237 members to bid farewell to their fallen hero.

Ngogoyo 237 Sacco posted news of Mr Kimani's death on their social media sites on January 17, a matter that elicited a heated debate over the conduct of the crew working with the town's most popular bus company, Kenya Mpya.
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