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Controversial to the end, Wambui prepared her grave

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Controversial freedom fighter Wambui Otieno, who passed away on Tuesday in Nairobi, will be buried in a grave she prepared 22 years ago in Matasia, Ng’ong.

The grave made of concrete is at the entrance to the mausoleum she built in memory of her late husband, Silvano Otieno, a former leading criminal lawyer who died on December 20, 1986.

A plaque overlooking the grave dated December 20, 1989, reads: "I, Wambui Otieno, hereby declare that I shall be laid to rest in this enclosed ground when I eventually die to guard this memorial to my late husband S M, even in death."

"Wambui prepared her resting place exactly three years after her husband died. She, perhaps, wanted to avoid burial controversies that characterised her husbands’ death," said Nicholas Muema, the caretaker of the family home in Matasia.