Former freedom fighter Wambui dies in Nairobi - Daily Nation

Former freedom fighter Wambui dies in Nairobi

Tuesday August 30 2011

Former freedom fighter and controversial politician Virginia Wambui Otieno Mbugua died in Nairobi August 30, 2011. FILE

Former freedom fighter and controversial politician Virginia Wambui Otieno Mbugua died in Nairobi August 30, 2011. FILE 

By WALTER MENYA

Former freedom fighter and controversial politician Virginia Wambui Otieno Mbugua died in Nairobi Tuesday.

Mrs Wambui Otieno Mbugua, 75, captured the attention of the entire nation in July 2003 briefly when she married stonemason Peter Mbugua who was then only 25.

She first rose to prominence in 1986 following the death of her husband and prominent criminal lawyer SM Otieno when she waged a court battle against the Umira Kager clan over Mr Otieno's final resting place.

She claimed that he had wanted to be buried at his farm at Ngong on the outskirts of Nairobi but the Umira Kager clan, represented by retired Appeal Court judge Justice Richard Kwach citing longstanding tribal traditions claimed the body.

The case was fought both within the court corridors as well as outside in the political arena. The Umira Kager clan eventually prevailed in court when the Court of Appeal granted their wish to bury SM Otieno

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