A family from Nyandarua is seeking answers following the death of their kin in unclear circumstances at a prayer centre in Nakuru County.
26-year-old Geoffrey Macharia Kimemia was found dead on August 13th in a hilly area at Heaven’s Gate Prayer Mountain in Elementaita, where he had accompanied his mother for a prayer healing two days earlier.
Results of an autopsy conducted at Gilgil Sub-County Hospital on Sunday were inconclusive but further investigations into his death are ongoing.
The family suspects he may have been deprived of food and died of starvation as his bowels were empty. They are accusing the prayer center of negligence and are contemplating taking legal action against it. The center could not be reached for comment on the matter.
Macharia was an intern at Nyandarua County Government, working in the Department of Finance and Economic Development and attached to the Department of Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries. He was engaged by the county government in its internship program on April 6th, 2021.
In a condolence message to the family, Nyandarua Governor Francis Kimemia eulogized Macharia as a “young, bright and promising economist.”
“His death is an immense blow to his family and to all of us at the County Government and all those who knew him. We have lost a colleague, friend, and dedicated staff,” Governor Kimemia said.
Macharia is the son of the late Kinangop MP and former assistant minister for local government Josiah Munyua Kimemia. He has relatives in the US and the UK, including Joyce Kimemia of Atlanta (sister), Judy Kimemia of New Jersey (sister), Alice Kimemia of Kansas City (sister), Jane Kimemia of Los Angeles (sister), Lucy Kimemia of Los Angeles (sister), Geoffrey Kimemia of Hull, the UK (brother), Moses Kimemia of Houston (uncle), and Peter Kimemia of Dallas (uncle).