Orbituaries of Kenyans killed at Westgate gun attack
Mbugua Mwangi and Rosemary Wahito (President Uhuru Kenyatta nephew)
Mbugua Mwangi and his fiancee Rosemary Wahito are among the 62 Kenyans who died at Westgate Mall when hooded gunmen sprayed bullets on shoppers at the upmarket mall on Saturday.
The two are said to have been at a jewellery shop at the mall shopping for a wedding ring,he was shot eight times while shielding his fiancee.
Mbugua had three weeks ago visited his fiancee’s parents to inform them of their marriage plans. Mbugua is the son of Catherine Mwangi, the sister of former Cabinet minister Beth Mugo and Ngengi Muigai. Catherine, Beth and Ngengi are Uhuru’s first cousins.
On Saturday when he addressed the press President Kenyatta mourned his nephew and eulogised them as lovely people.
“I ask God to give you comfort as you confront this tragedy, and I know what you feel having also lost very close family members in this deadly attack,” said Kenyatta.
According to the Irish Independent newspaper, Mwangi’s mother, Catherine Muigai Mwangi, had recently returned home from Dublin following a six-year posting as Kenya’s ambassador to Ireland.
President Kenyatta’s elder sister Christine Wambui Pratt was also at Westgate at the time of the attack, but managed to escape. Mwangi was the only child in here family. A Facebook page has been set up to celebrate the two.
There will be a funeral service later today at St Andrews church. The two will be buried on Friday in Gatundu.
Ruhila Adatia-Sood was a bubbly radio host show and a Entertainment news presenter at East FM and Kiss TV both owned by Radio Africa Group. She and her husband Ketan Sood were married in January last year.
Ruhila was in the rooftop car park of the Westgate Mall where she was part of a team hosting a cooking competition for children at the time of the attack. Ruhila was six month pregnant at the time of the shooting.
Ketan Sood her husband works for USAid, They had a Swahili themed wedding in January 2012.
Witnesses say Ruhila who was bleeding from the gunshot wounds was rushed to Aga Khan Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.
She was “known throughout Kenya for her passion, vibrancy, and gift for making people smile”, USAid administrator Rajiv Shah said in a statement.
On her Twitter account, she described herself as a “food lover, thrill seeker and a bungee jump away from sanity”.
BBC writes that she was a graduate of South Africa’s Rhodes University in Grahamstown, her three elder sisters described her as “a go-getter since childhood”.
On Saturday she was tweeting Instagram photos of those attending the cooking competition in the car park. Her last photo was of her with two girls posing at the rooftops.
Her radio presenter colleague Kamal Kaur who was at the competition with her two young children described on her Facebook page the sad event of the dark Saturday afternoon.
“A grenade was thrown at us and it went off. At the same time he shot at us. The bullet missed my son by just an inch; it bounced off the wall and hit the boy who was next to him,” she she posted.
“Then he came out again with his big rifle. My daughter kept whispering to everybody: ‘Pretend you’re dead! Pretend you’re dead! He won’t shoot…pretend you’re dead.’
Kaur and her children managed to escape – her children were hit in their legs by shrapnel.
“My daughter is very devastated because my colleague Ruhila… she was six months pregnant and she lost her life and we’re very devastated about that… Very devastated about that,” Kaur said.
Ruhila final respects will take place tomorrow at the Aga Khan Hall (Ismailia Hall) at 9 a.m.
Mitul Shah Mitul Shah was attending the children’s cooking competition with the East FM team on the Westgate rooftop. He was in the same team with Ruhila Adatia.
He was the sales and marketing director of Bidco, a company that primarily makes cooking oil and ran his company’s football team.
“He died trying to save stranded children. He died as a hero,” Half Jadhe Half Kyuk wrote on the KenyaList.com message board.
He described Mitual Shah as a fervent Manchester United fan.
He was also chairman of Bidco’s football team, which plays in the second division.
Mitul will be cremated tomorrow (Thursday)
Peter Simani was a highly respected lawyer who died while meeting with Anjum Chaudhry the CEO Pegrume Telecommunications LTD.
He was an aviation and communications expert and a lawyer by training.
Simani and his friend Anjum both died in the attack. Anjum was buried on Monday at Kariokor cemetery.
Peter Simani chaired the Political Parties Dispute Tribunal and was also a director of the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK).
Ben Gituku, chairman of the CCK board, said that Kenya had lost a “brilliant lawyer with an incisive and highly analytical mind”.
“My board highly relied on Mr Simani’s guidance on delicate decisions on legal issues, especially those touching on the regulation of the fast-growing ICT sector,” he said in a statement.
The 24-year-old food entrepreneur died on Saturday. It is likely he was at the food competition taking place in the rooftop car park.
He founded the food website Pika Chakula, which means “cook food” in KiSwahili, with a mission to “teach people how to cook”.
Rajan Solanki Rajan Solanki was passionate about good food
“A very smart gentle man who enjoyed the simple things in life, outgoing and never learnt how to say no. Never had nothing against any one,” said a post on a Facebook page set up to remember him.
His funeral was held on Monday at the Hindu Crematorium in Nairobi.
“To all our Pika Chakula fans. This week we will be posting Rajan Solanki’s favourite dishes and recipes,” the website tweeted on Tuesday.
A student at the private Oshawal Academy near Westgate shopping centre, she died on Saturday during the shoot-out.
“Head girl, dancer, awesome friend,” a Facebook community set up to remember her says.
“A girl who you could talk to about anything,” the post continues.
Joyti Kharmes Vaya
She was a 37-year-old mother of three whose husband worked for Victoria Commercial bank, it said.
Maltiben Ramesh Vaya was aged 41, a mother of two who worked for the Bank of Baroda.
“Both daughters-in-law succumbed to injuries related to gunshot wounds in yesterday’s terror attack in Nairobi’s Westgate Mall,” a message on Facebook posted by a Pattni Brotherhood community in Nairobi said.
Other Kenyans killed in Westgate attack
The chief executive of Paramount Bank, Ayaz Merali, lost his wife Salima Ayaz Merali and daughter Nuriannu Ayaz Merali.
Anuj Shah, who ran the Sona Shoppe, a photography studio on ground floor of the mall, also died during the attack.
Nehal Vekaria, a 16-year-old student. On Sunday, her family held her funeral where she was cremated.
Nehal Vekaria’s funeral cremation ceremony Nehal Vekaria, a 16-year-old student, has been cremated
More obituaries will follow