Maryam El Maawy’s body to be flown home

The body of Principal Secretary for Public Works Maryam El Maawy will be flown into the country from South Africa Thursday.

Ms Maawy’s body will land at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in the evening and will be received by her relatives, according to the family spokesperson Mohammed Ali.

The PS will be laid to rest at Lang’ata Cemetery on Friday, Mr Ali said.

Ms Maawy was flown to South Africa for treatment following an attack by Al-Shabaab.

Mr Ali said she had spent two months in South Africa undergoing treatment before she breathed her last on Wednesday.


The militants shot the PS in the shoulder and on legs after abducting her at Milihoi on the Mpeketoni-Lamu road.

Four people, among them her 21-year-old nephew, Arif Kassim, a trainee a trainee pilot, her driver Godana Borani, an Administration Police bodyguard Ayub Ole Ndoloni and a civilian died in the attack.

The PS was rescued by a joint team of the Kenya Defence Forces and the General Service Unit.

During the attack, the militia took control of the Principal Secretary’s vehicle which had six occupants and sped off into a thicket.

A military helicopter followed the vehicle and managed to rescue the PS.

Public Works PS Mariam El Maawy passes on in South Africa.


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