Elizabeth Wangoi who witnessed an incident where a church in Kiambaa, Uasin Gishu County was burnt down to ashes during the 2007 post-election violence has been laid to rest.
Wangoi who died at the age of 83 years while undergoing treatment at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) was buried on Friday at a low-key event.
The deceased had been sickly since 2008, a situation which has seen her in and out of the hospital. Wangoi narrowly escaped death as she was part of the congregation at the Kenya Assemblies of God Pentecostal Church.
Her son, Philip Kimunya, said that the post-election violence made his mother depressed.
“It was really challenging. I had to do menial jobs to raise money to cater for her food and other needs,” said Mr Kimunya, 27, as quoted by the Daily Nation.
Tens of people had taken shelter at the church before it was set ablaze. According to her kin, her death reminds them of what transpired.
Wangoi’s nephew Philip Gakuha said that the deceased was raped by the attackers before she was left for dead.
“My aunt had been raped by the youths and her son was burning inside a church. Things would never be the same again for her. She started developing high blood pressure, depression and suddenly became mad, often losing memory,” he said as quoted by the Standard.
The family also faulted the government for failing to take care of her needs despite making several requests.