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Heavy Police Presence and Strict Rules Mark Rita Waeni’s Low-Key Funeral

by Paul Nyongesa
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The small village of Mukimwani in Makueni County, Kenya, became the somber backdrop for the funeral of Rita Waeni on February 5.

, this was no ordinary farewell.

The ceremony was attended solely by close relatives with presence of a heavy police surrounding the gated estate to guard the family’s

Rita Waeni, a third-year student at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), met a tragic end after arranging to meet an individual she had connected with on Instagram. Her disappearance on January 14 prompted a ransom demand of Sh500,000 within 24 hours for her release.

Despite reporting the matter to the police and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), the family’s worst fears were realized when they discovered her lifeless body in an apartment on TRM Drive. To add to the horror, her head was found at Kiambaa Dam in Kiambu County.

The funeral, delayed for two weeks following the discovery, was conducted with strict adherence to family-imposed rules.

Only those closely related to Waeni were allowed to enter the venue, creating an environment shrouded in secrecy. Armed police officers surrounded the gated estate, ensuring that the family’s emphasis on privacy remained intact.

Pastor Fred Auma of Ridgeways Baptist Church in Nairobi led the two-hour ceremony, which commenced at 8 am. The atmosphere was one of subdued sorrow, with attendees expressing their grief and anguish over the untimely loss of the young university student.

Lillian Mutea, Waeni’s aunt and spokesperson for the family, conveyed gratitude for the support, contributions, and prayers received from friends, colleagues, and fellow Kenyans. Speaking through a WhatsApp group that had been used to organize the funeral, she expressed the family’s peace in understanding the decision to prioritize privacy during this difficult period.


Mzee William Mutea, the family patriarch, had passed away earlier in January. Waeni, despite grappling with her own harrowing circumstances, had played a significant role during her grandfather’s burial, reading the eulogy.

During the funeral, a handful of mourners remembered the 20-year-old as a source of joy, intelligence, and kindness. Waeni’s parents, Stephen Muendo and Dorcas Mwende, expressed their grief in a statement, cherishing the memory of their daughter’s positive impact on those around her.

“Our daughter, Waeni, was an intelligent girl beyond her age. She was a spirited and caring individual known for her unwavering kindness, infectious laughter, and the ability to light up any room she entered,” the parents said in their statement.

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