, NAIROBI, Kenya, August 15- Thousands of mourners among them Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, ministers, assistant ministers, Members of Parliament and other dignitaries attended a memorial service for the 12 Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA) members who perished in a road accident in Tanga, Tanzania a week ago.
President Mwai Kibaki in a condolence message read on his behalf by the VP mourned the women whom he said had dedicated themselves to serving God and the country.
He consoled the bereaved families and urged them to pray to God to give them strength during this period of mourning.
“I received the sad news of the deaths of the women with profound shock and sympathies. I send you this message of condolence and encouragement during this hard moment,’’ he said.
The VP on his part said the Government would explore ways of assisting the families and children of the deceased to achieve their education “so that like their mothers, they can make valuable contribution to nation building.”
He said the deaths were a big blow not only to the families but to the country at large, urging the bereaved families to commit themselves to God during this difficult moment.
“By committing ourselves to God as a nation, the country can overcome such challenges,” Musyoka said.
The Vice President revealed that the Government had allocated Sh800, 000 towards the funeral arrangements.
Justice Minister Eugene Wamalwa said there was a need for more women to engage in leadership roles as enshrined in the constitution.
He regretted that women representation in the Kenya’s national assembly was negligible compared to countries like South Africa, Rwanda and Uganda among other nations.
Also present at the service were cabinet ministers Esther Murugi, Beth Mugo, assistant ministers Peter Kenneth, Ferdinand Waititu and legislators William Kabogo, Jeremiah Kioni and Silas Muriungi.