The private burial ceremony of the late Keroche heiress Tecra Karanja Muigai was held on Saturday at the Family’s home in Naivasha which is adjacent to the Keroche Enterprise on the outskirts of Karai area.
The Ceremony started just a few hours before midday as Tecra’s casket which was covered in white lilies was pulled into the compound. Her send-off marked the ” Celebration of a star”.From the skies, one could observe choppers bringing in dignitaries both from political and business enterprises.
Apart from her close family and friends, other attendees to pay their last respects were ODM leader Raila Odinga, his wife Ida, and brother Oburu Oginga. Siaya Senator James Orengo, Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui, Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetang’ula and Vihiga Senator George Khaniri.Despite wearing their white masks, their grief was evident as they struggled to remain composed while bidding farewell to a beloved daughter, sister, and friend to many.
Her older sister Anerlisa gave the deceased an emotional tribute and the ceremony was in a sombre mood.
“Your exit from the stage in your prime has forced me to reflect on the meaning of life and the lives of other phenomenal figures who left early, who like you, lived their lives fully and with a burning urgency to accomplish a mission.”Now it is clear to me why you kept pushing us to do it now and do it today,” she said of Tecra, who served as Strategy and Innovations Director at Keroche Breweries.
Chief guest Raila Odinga arrived just as Peter Kuguru made the welcome remarks. In his address, Raila talked about knowing the pain of losing a child, in reference to the death of his son Fidel Odinga in 2015.
“I know the pain of losing a child. Tecra would not have wanted to leave us so young and especially not without mourners, expressionless, covered in masks.”We celebrate Tecra and her family for being among the few Kenyans brave enough to walk the journey of industry,” he said.
Tecra’s eulogy was read by her brother, James Karanja, while former Maendeleo Ya Wanawake chair Zipporah Kittony spoke on behalf of friends to Tecra’s parents. Dr Dan Gikonyo spoke on behalf of Tecra’s father and radio host Maina Kageni served as the burial’s Master of Ceremony.
An autopsy conducted by chief government pathologist Johansen Oduor revealed that Tecra succumbed to injuries sustained on the left side of her head.