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Politicians barred from campaigning in Mwingi burial

 A Kitui family barred elected leaders from engaging in campaigns during the burial of their son Musembi Mutisya.

Wakili Nyamu bidding Kitui Senator Enoch Wambua (left) farewell after he excused him from the burial in Kyuso. Photo/BONIFACE MWANIKI

The late Musembi was an Anglophone Editorial Assistant at the Fact Checking group known as Pesa Check. It specialises in debunking falsehoods and misinformation.

Due to his prowess and experience in the IT world, Musembi rose through the ranks to be an Associate Editor of the Code for Africa PesaCheck programme in 2019. He initially served as a Research Analyst-Consultant. He had written and co-authored many articles in the Kenyan media, the latest being How to recognize a fake newspaper from front page on social media published on June 25,2020.

Being a prominent family, the event attracted key politicians from the region including Kitui Senator Enoch Wambua and former Mwingi North MP John Munuve. However, they were restricted from talking politics at the young man’s final send off.

Thirty-three-year-old Musembi Mutisya Mutetei was laid to rest at his rural home on October 16 in Twimyua in Kyuso District, Kitui County.

The late Musembi pictured here on the back page of his funeral progamme. He contributed greatly to curbing fake news on the internet at Fact Checking group's Pesa Check where he worked as an Anglophone Editorial Assistant. Photo/COURTESY

Musembi was a younger brother to Kitui County Assembly Head of Communications Mr Mutetei Mutisya.

Mutetei says that his brother challenged his editorial skills to the core as he was intelligent and full of ideas.

His dad remembers him as a caring son who checked on him from time to time. He was also his designated chauffeur. He thanks God for the 33 years Musembi shared with the family.

“I am grateful for the 33 years we were blessed to have you in our lives. It is not an easy thing for a parent to bury his child as it is not the natural order of things. However, I accept the will of God and thank Him for your life”, says Mutisya, his father.

His mum says that he had a special place in her heart, as he was named after her dad.

Musembi died a few days to his 34th birthday which would have been on October 29. “Musembi rested in his sleep on 4th October, 2021 a few weeks to his birthday”, says his eulogy report seen by Mwingi Times.


His family remembers him to be a big source of joy, a charming, loving and gentle soul.

Being an Information Technology graduate from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Musembi also worked as an ICT officer at Election Observation Group (ELOG) in 2013. He re-joined ELOG in 2018 as the Project Lead-Open Data.

 The established IT professional worked in other leading organizations too like Centre for Governance and Development and National Taxpayers Association.

Musembi was not married. His dad says that he looked forward to seeing him start a family, revealing he had invested in land and other ongoing projects.


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