, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 6 – The wife of Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) Archbishop Dr Eliud Wabukala has died.
Caren Nakhumicha Wabukala passed on suddenly after falling down the staircase at their Nairobi home on Sunday night. Close relatives said she lost consciousness immediately after the fall and efforts to revive her were futile.
Canon Rosemary Mbogo, the Provincial Secretary later said in a statement that Mrs Wabukala was rushed to the Nairobi Hospital where she was pronounced dead after brief examination.
“This was happening as the Archbishop checked in at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on his way to London for a Global South meeting scheduled to begin today (Monday). However, we managed to communicate to him before he boarded and was able to view her body at the Nairobi Hospital before movement to the Lee Funeral Home,” said Canon Mbogo.
In his condolence message, Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka described Mrs Wabukhala as a supportive wife to her husband and a dear mother not only to her immediate family but the entire ACK fraternity.
“Mrs Wabukala will be remembered as a strong pillar in the Anglican Church. She had stood firmly in her Christian faith and contributed immensely to the spread of the work of God,” said the VP.
Prime Minister Raila Odinga also sent a condolence message saying; “I had a chance to talk to the Archbishop briefly this morning and the circumstances leading to the death, as he discussed with me, sound shocking and painful indeed,” he said in a statement.
“I also convey condolences to members of the Anglican Church where Caren served with dedication and to the community of Christians at large.”
Canon Mbogo said the Archbishop has expressed desire to have a memorial service on Thursday at 2pm at the All Saints’ Cathedral, Nairobi.
“The body will be laid to rest on Saturday September 11 at Kibeu Village, Butonge Location in Bungoma District/Diocese.”