5 January 2013

Kenya: Muchemi's Son Wanted to Start a Rehab Centre

The 31-year-old son of Solicitor General Wanjuki Muchemi who died last Sunday in controversial circumstances had plans of settling down and starting an alcohol rehabilitation centre.

His plans did not come to fruition following his death last Sunday in Nairobi. Yesterday, Muchemi said his son Muchemi Wanjuki Muchemi had battled alcoholism, which led to depression. Muchemi told hundreds of mourners at his son's funeral service at PCEA Loresho Community Church in Nairobi yesterday that he was addicted to alcohol and failed to sit for his final law examination at the University of Kent in the UK. The university later awarded him a diploma in law.

The Solicitor General said weeks before his death, his son had gone through an alcohol rehabilitation programme at a centre in South Africa and had told the family that he intended to get married and thereafter start a rehabilitation centre.

The father of three moved mourners when he said he continued to love his son despite his alcoholism and had developed a tight relationship with him as a result of the tough times that they went through together.

Muchemi and his family were on holiday in Rwanda when his son died.

The deceased's mother, Eva Wangui, said her son did not accompany other family members to Rwanda.

She said he had attempted to make a meal on the night of his death.

Wangui added that her son did not commit suicide and could possibly have been attacked before his death.

Head of Public Service Francis Kimemia delivered a message of condolence from President Kibaki.

Wanjuki will be laid to rest today at the family home in Nyeri.

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