Kenya laureate Maathai opposed use of coffins

September 27, 2011 1:32 pm

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 27 – The family of the late Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai is still consulting on how she will be interred, considering she was an ardent opposer to the use of wood for caskets.

Family spokesperson Vertistine Mbaya said on Tuesday that they were looking into how the late Nobel Laureate would be interred without using wood.

Mbaya said she was not aware whether the late environmentalist had stated how she would want to be interred in her will.

“She was one of those who did say that we better think of something else besides cutting down trees for caskets so we will try to circumvent using wooden coffins,” she said.

She announced that prayers and celebration of Maathai’s life would start on Wednesday at St Andrews Church, while on Friday there will be a special ceremony to celebrate her at the same church.

“There is a meeting I believe scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon where members of the Green Belt Movement governing board will meet with officials of the Kenya government to discuss how they may participate in the final arrangements,” she stated.

Maathai died on Sunday night at the age of 71 following a prolonged battle with ovarian cancer, a type of cancer that arises from the ovary. It normally occurs in women over the age of 50.

She leaves behind three adult children and a granddaughter.


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