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

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.


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.