The family of the late politician and fashion icon, Orie Rogo Manduli has revealed her last moments before her death.
Speaking to Nation, her daughter Elizabeth revealed that Ms Manduli was recuperating at her home in Riverside, Nairobi County when she suffered a fatal heart attack.
She said that Orie Rogo last wish was to visit her sugarcane farm in Kitale next month before she died.
“She was a big sugarcane farmer and that was her pride and joy and I am pleased to say that as she has gone, her farm has flourished and is flourishing,” Elizabeth said.
Elizabeth further stated that her mother was discharged from the ICU at Nairobi Hospital two months ago after being ill for sometime.
She was pronounced dead at 3.42 pm on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 after failed attempts by her doctors to save her life.
The family also suspected that Ms Manduli had not recovered from the loss of her daughter Alison who passed on in January 2020.
“We feel like the death of Alison really took a toll on her,” Elizabeth said.
Elizabeth, Janet and Allison were her daughters from her first marriage to Ondieki before she remarried a cousin to former president Frederick Chiluba, Norman Manduli.
President Uhuru Kenyatta mourned veteran politician and fashion icon Mary Orie Rogo Manduli as a woman of many firsts and trailblazer who fought tirelessly for women empowerment.
“It is sad and unfortunate that death has taken away Mama Orie Rogo Manduli, one of our country’s most recognizable, highly charismatic and accomplished politicians. A bold leader and mentor, Ms Manduli tirelessly championed for women empowerment,” Uhuru mourned.
In his message of condolence to the family, friends and relatives of the late Manduli, the Head of State described her as a fearless, bold and practical leader who always spoke her mind.
He said that Kenyans will forever cherish her achievement as the first African woman Safari Rally driver, a feat she achieved when she took part in the 1974 edition alongside her late co-driver Sylvia Omino.
“The late Orie Rogo Manduli was a woman of many firsts who never shied away from exploring new horizons. She took up and excelled in motorsports at a time when many African women would never have dared thereby opening up the sport to women drivers in later years.
“At the tender age of 16 years, while still in secondary school, Ms Manduli won Miss Kenya beauty pageant. She was simply a phenomenal and standout woman trailblazer,” the President said.