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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Bantu Mwaura: Update

1) A condolences book has been opened at the Kenya National Theatre, Nairobi, for the artistic and intellectual community in and around Nairobi. Friends meet at the KNT’s Wasanii Restaurant every day at 7 pm to review plans and progress.

2) Contributions towards meeting funeral and related expenses are being collected and recorded at the Kenya National Theatre. Mueni Lundi has agreed to receive mobile telephone cash transfers on behalf of the organizing team on the numbers 0720 748 900for M-Pesa or 0733 748 900 for Zap.

3) A major fundraising will be held on Thursday, April 30, at Wasanii Restaurant from 7 pm, to bring all collections to closure.

4) A four-hour Performance Memorial to celebrate Bantu’s life will be held at the Kenya National Theatre from 2 pm on May 1, 2009. Those with a song, dance, skits, poetry, readings and recitals as well as any other performances are requested to alert Githuku Ndungi and Mueni Lundi (

5) Bantu will be laid to rest at the Langata Cemetery on Saturday, May 2 at around 1pm. The cortege will leave the mortuary at 9, pass through the Kenya National Theatre on its way to the final place of rest.

6) An autopsy was carried out yesterday on Bantu's body. An independent pathologist was provided by IMLU (Independent Medico-Legal Unit, member organization of Kenyans for Peace, Truth and Justice), to work with the government pathologist. Cause of death was determined to be "chemical poisoning". Investigations continue into how it was administered, and by whom.


Anonymous Jared Odero said...

Thanks so much for the update Shailja. It is truly a sad moment for all of us. RIP Bantu.

4/29/2009 6:10 AM  
OpenID ukwelii said...

Thanks Shailja for keeping us in the loop. We lost a rare gem that shined in the jagged rock of indifference among Kenyan society.

As a voice unto the conscience he will be missed and as a leader he will be remembered.

Goodbye Bantu, may God rest his soul in peace.

4/29/2009 10:31 AM  

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