Kenya PS El Maawy shot by al-Shabaab dies in S.Africa

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Public Works PS Mariam El Maawy

Public Works Principal Secretary Mariam El Maawy has died at a South African hospital following an attacked by Al-Shabaab on July 13.

Statehouse Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu announced the death of Maawy on Thursday.

Al-Shabaab shot and injured the principal secretary in the shoulder and on legs after abducting her at Milihoi area on the Mpeketoni-Lamu road.

Her nephew, a trainee pilot, with whom she was with, died during the attack but Ms Maawy was rescued by a joint team of the Kenya Defence Forces and the General Service Unit.

The security team rushed her to Mpeketoni Hospital. She was later airlifted to Nairobi for treatment.

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On the day of attack, the PS had attended a meeting on Lamu Port South Sudan Ethiopia Transport Corridor at Huduma Centre in Lamu town before heading to Witu.

President Uhuru Kenyatta while passing a message of condolence to the family of Ms Maawy said she was a dedicated public servant, an accomplished architect and a patriot.

“Early in her childhood, she showed a real aptitude for study and diligence, which drove her to qualify as an architect at the University of Nairobi, and later to earn a Master’s degree in South Africa,” the President said.

 

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