STL slams claims of funeral fundraiser

Musician Stella Mwangi has denied media reports that they’re holding a public fundraiser for her father’s funeral.

Her manager Charles Mwangi, responding to reports on the internet and in a local daily, stressed that at no point did they appeal for funds to help meet the costs of burying James Mwangi Kwirikia, who died after he was hit by a motor vehicle in Ullensaker, Norway on January 31.

He distanced the family from those reports, while confirming that all preparations for the Saturday burial were on course.

“The funeral will be at the family’s Maragua home on Saturday. The body is currently at the KU funeral home, and the cortege will leave the venue at roughly 9am on that day.”

Charles went on to say that the funeral would not be closed to family and friends.

Stella and part of her family arrived from Norway on Sunday night, while the rest touched down at the JKIA on Tuesday evening.

The award winning musician has been devastated by the death of her father, who was a major inspiration to her.

His death comes at the height of her career, as her latest album Kinanda is met by rave reviews and after her nomination as Norway’s representative to the Eurovision contest catapulted her international profile.

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