14 May 2012

Kenya: Wanjiru Widow Wants CJ to Hasten Inquest

Photo: ING New York Marathon
Geoffrey Mutai wins ING New York Marathon 2011.

Trizah Njeri, the widow of former Olympic marathon champion Samuel Wanjiru, has written to Chief Justice Willy Mutunga requesting for an inquest into his death.

Njeri, who is represented by lawyer Ndegwa Wahome, says she continues to be tormented by numerous reports linking her to Wanjiru's death when he fell off the balcony of his house in Muthaiga estate, Nyahururu, exactly a year ago today. "This is very unfortunate and irritating that some people have always wanted Njeri disinherited by implicating her in the death of her husband," said Wahome.

The lawyer said an inquest will shed light on Wanjiru's death and finally put to rest the matter which has caused a furore locally and internationally especially among the athletics fraternity.

Last year, Nakuru High Court judge Anyara Emukule ordered an inquest to be held when he lifted an injunction granted to the athlete's mother Hannah Wanjiru. The athlete's mother wanted her son's burial delayed until the cause of death was determined by court. The inquest which was expected to take place before a Nairobi chief magistrate has never been held.

Speaking yesterday in Nyahururu as she finalised arrangements to commemorate the first anniversary of Wanjiru's death which is scheduled to take place today at the graveside at Gatimu village in Nyandarua West, Njeri said she she had been struggling to hold together the family despite the mudslinging from people who accuse her of having a hand in her husband's death.

"My husband was gentle and a caring father to our children. All birthdays were celebrated in a big way and l cannot let the anniversary of his death pass without a commemoration," she said.

Njeri said a suit by another woman, Judy Wambui who claims to be her co-wife and is demanding her share of Wanjiru's estate, was "presumptious". Njeri says the only beneficiaries of his estate are herself and their two children.

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