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Details emerge on death of Martha Karua’s niece in freak accident

The niece of aspiring Kirinyaga governor Martha Karua was among students who perished in a road accident on Sunday morning along Mombasa road.

Mercia Wawira, a fourth year Daystar University student, succumbed to injuries at a city hospital after undergoing knee surgery.

Ms Wawira was in a car alongside three of her friends when their driver, Arnold Mutisya, also a student, rammed into a trailer from the rear at the JKIA junction.

The students were said to have been coming from club 1824 along Lang’ata road after the annual Daystar Star of Excellence Awards ceremony (SOEA) that took place at Two Rivers Mall on Saturday night.

Ms Wawira’s aunt, Ms Karua on Tuesday eulogized the deceased saying she will forever be in the family’s hearts.


“Arnold, who was in the company of four friends, was trying to overtake the trailer on the busy highway when he hit its back wheels on the side. The car then veered off the road, rolled and landed in a ditch,” read a narration on the University’s newsletter.

According to a police report on the early morning accident, “Julius Kipkemboi Sang aged 34 years was driving motor vehicle no KBY 548B Mercedes Actros when another motor vehicle no KCG 664V being driven by Arnold Mutisya rammed into his trailer from the rear. The driver of the said motor vehicle died on the spot.”

Ms Wawira and the other passengers who survived the accident were rushed to the nearby Shalom Hospital. She was later transferred to Nairobi West Hospital where she underwent a knee surgery.

“Marcia’s knee had been hurt badly and so the doctors decided to do a surgery on the knee. After the surgery, she couldn’t wake up. She was then taken to the ICU where she was under oxygen support but unfortunately, she couldn’t make it,” Johny Bravo, a student who had been in the hospital told the University newsletter.