Death of Afya Sacco ex-chairman Vitalis Lukiri-the untold story

The late Vitalis Lukiri

PART ONE

At stake is more than Ksh. 17 million that the late Lukiri is alleged to have entrusted with one of Hilda’s brothers Festus Walumbe to import for him a powerful retirement car, but he failed to honour the pact, the money was squandered

By The Weekly Vision Online

A senior public health officer in Kajiado county Hilda Walumbe is alleged to have coursed a lot of drama during preparations for the burial ceremony of his late husband Vitalis Lukiri at his rural home in Funyula sub-county Busia County a few weeks ago. Hilder’s late husband was a former chairman of the multi-billion shillings Afya Savings and Credit Cooperatives (SACCO) until two years ago. 

The trouble with village elders erupted after she declined to open the doors to their rural marital house for her husband’s body to stay overnight before burial the following day on Saturday, October 2nd, 2021 as demanded by the Bakhulo community of the Late Lukiri clan’s traditions. Also at stake is more than Ksh. 17 million that the late Lukiri is alleged to have entrusted with one of Hilda’s brothers Festus Walumbe to import for him a powerful retirement car, but he failed to honour the pact, the money was squandered. It is alleged that before his demise, Mr Lukiri could not get hold of Festus as he had reportedly refused to answer his phone calls thus raising many unanswered questions.

The circumstances under which Mr Lukiri met his untimely death has become a thorny issue and the news was met with wild hostility by his relatives towards the widow, but no substantive answers were given. The doctors at the hospital declared that he died from “respiratory arrest.” Other details remain scanty, but he had earlier complained of experiencing pains in his right leg and stomach

Villagers also asked how Hilda handled the husband’s ailment and the subsequent admission to Nairobi Hospital in the company of only her brother Festus without informing any of Mr Lukiri’s brothers who reside in the Ongata Rongai neighbourhoods close to Mr Lukiri’s Laiser Hill estate home.

The Weekly Vision Online tried to reach out to Hilda for her side of the story, but she refused to respond to our inquiries. Sources within the family told us that she had travelled to Mombasa on a private tour.

Hilda Walumbe Lukiri

The circumstances under which Mr Lukiri met his untimely death has become a thorny issue and the news was met with wild hostility by his relatives towards the widow, but no substantive answers were given. The doctors at the hospital declared that he died from “respiratory arrest.” Other details remain scanty, but he had earlier complained of experiencing pains in his right leg and stomach.

Emerging facts are that even after admission in the hospital’s High Dependency Unit (HDU), doctors were under express orders from Hilda that no relative was to visit him at the facility even his brothers and sisters, raising questions as to why she gave such restraining orders? 

That after Mr Lukiri’s death the wife refused to relay the information or news of this heartbreaking development to his mother until the following day more than 24 hours after – relayed through a third party thus raising more questions. On the fateful Friday evening October 1st, 2021 after Hilda’s refused to open doors to their rural house for her husband’s body’s overnight stay, matters came to a head and exploded in her face when irate members of Lukiri’s Bakhulo relatives allegedly rained blows on her demanding that she complies, she refused. The clan had just received Lukiris body from Nairobi at his home at Emalaya Village, near Nahasiko Primary School, in Nangina ward of Funyula sub-county in Busia County. 

The body had been flown in from Nairobi vie Kisumu before being taken home by road. After the scuffle with elders, she immediately took off at night with Mr Lukiri’s two children, the firstborn daughter and a son. She disappeared into the night and completely refused to attend Mr Lukiri’s burial ceremonies held at Nahasiko primary school in the immediate neighbourhood of the late’s rural home attended by thousands of mourners from all over the country the following day on Saturday, October 2nd, 2021.

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