Yvonne Wamalwa passes on

Written By: Christine Muchira

Yvonne Wamalwa, widow of the late former Vice President Michael Wamalwa Kijana

Yvonne Wamalwa, widow of former Vice President Michael Wamalwa Kijana is dead.

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She died at her sister’s home in Nanyuki on Thursday morning.

The family is currently making arrangements to airlift her body to Lee Funeral Home in Nairobi.

After the death of her husband, Wamalwa Kijana in 2003, she was appointment by the former president, Mwai Kibaki as Deputy Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations Habitat.

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She was later appointed as the Deputy High Commissioner to Australia and Deputy Director, Parliamentary and County Government Directorate.

Yvonne is the second born in a family of four: Three girls and one boy, she grew up in Nairobi, in Parklands then moved to Kileleshwa.

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She attended City Primary School and Cardinal Otunga Girls High School in Bungoma.

Mrs Wamalwa went to Kenya Polytechnic, and then moved to West London College where she studied Hotel Management and Tourism in 1994.

Until her demise, Yvonne was the Deputy Director in the Asia and Australasia Directorate in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs Amina Mohammed eulogised Yvonne saying she was a consummate diplomat, an expert negotiator, and a well-spoken, passionate patriot.

CS Amina said, “Her bright career, steadily on the rise, has been snubbed short by the cruel hand of fate. Her illustrious career has seen her serve our country in various capacities including the Kenyan High Commission in Australia, and UN HABITAT, as deputy High Commissioner and deputy Permanent Representative respectively.”

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Yvonne was described of having served with great distinction as Deputy Director in The Liaison, Parliamentary and County Affairs Directorate of the Foreign Ministry.

CS Amina praised Yvonne’s superb skills as a negotiator and leader.

“Yvonne’s superb skills as a negotiator and leader came to the fore during two major conferences held in Nairobi: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and The Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD),” said CS Amina.

Kenyans took to the social media to eulogise the late Yvonne Wamalwa.

President mourns Yvonne Wamalwa

Meanwhile, President Uhuru Kenyatta has mourned the late Yvonne describing her as an outstanding woman who served the country with dedication and commitment.

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President Kenyatta said the late Mrs. Wamalwa who once served as Kenya’s Deputy High Commissioner in Australia demonstrated high level of discipline in her service to the country.

“The passing of Yvonne has robbed us the selfless leader who was a role model in her community and in the nation. Hers was servant hood leadership,” the President said

“As an ambassador it was always about the interests of Kenya. She served with distinction the,” President added.

The late Yvonne Wamalwa has been involved in various charitable and advocacy activities aimed at supporting the vulnerable in society.

Vice President Michael Wamalwa who served under President Kibaki died on August 2003.



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