Former Senator Broke, Forced To Bury Daughter Aboard

Kenya-born former Australian Senator, Lucy Gichuhi is stranded with the dead body of her late daughter in Australia after failing to raise funds to fly the body to Kenya.

The former lawmaker failed to raise Ksh.3.2 million to fly the body of her daughter, Peris Wanjiru who passed on August 26th. The cause of death of the 33-year-old was not communicated by the family.

Due to financial deficiencies, Gichuhi’s family opened an online fundraising account. The family asked the public to help them raise the funds to enable them to fly the body to Kenya for a befitting send-off.

“Due to the current covid restrictions in place that have resulted in decreased air travel to and out of Australia, the cost of this process is overwhelming to the family and thus the appeal to you for your kind support,” the family said on the online fundraising platform.

From the fundraising, the former senator managed to raise Ksh Ksh41,000.

Since the family failed to raise the money required to fly the body to Kenya, they have decided to bury Peris, alias Kadada in Australia. According to reports, she will be buried in Adelaide, Australia on Monday, September 27.

Gichuhi who was born in Mathira, Nyeri County worked as an accountant in Australia before she joined politics. She became the first African- Australian senator under the Family First Party.

The 56-year-old served as Senator for South Australia between 2017 to 2019.

The Kenya-born politician moved to Australia in 1999 with her family and became an Australian through naturalization in 2001.

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