The late Lamu subdistrict police commander, Pastor Samuel Nyawa Murinzi (50), who succumbed to Covid-19 last week, fell ill minutes before he could cut his wedding cake. Their beautiful wedding took place on August 28th. But after they had just made their marriage vows and the pastor declared them husband and wife, Murinzi complained of chest pain and difficulty breathing.
After the couple’s first kiss, which appeared to be their last, Murinzi struggled to walk and speak.
“After he got sick, he was taken to a private hospital in Kinango City, where he was (mis) diagnosed with malaria. He was given anti-malarial pills and was discharged, ”said a family member.
At night, Murinzi’s health deteriorated and he was admitted to Diani Beach Hospital, which referred him to the Coast General and Referral Hospital in Mombasa, but he later died. He had planned to take his wife to Lamu for her honeymoon, but the trip would never take place.
Speak with The Nairobier, Family spokesman James Dawa said Murinzi’s wife Marrian Ndindi is still coming to terms with the death of her husband, whose funeral is slated for September 18.
“She (Marrian) is shocked, but she is fine. She went to Lamu to pick up her things, ”said Dawa, who is also MCA at the Puma station.
The OCPD lost its first wife, Magret Ruwa, to cancer in 2020 and left him with five children. In his village, the villagers plan to perform both traditional and religious rituals during the funeral. Pastor Murinzi was the clergyman, a senior pastor of the East African Pentecostal Church.
Murinzi served as the deputy OCPD at Makupa Police Station in Mombasa before being promoted and transferred to Lamu, where he served less than a month.
“He was one of the best, humble, charismatic, accommodating, true statesmen of the Duruma who take risks,” said Kinango MP Benjamin Tayari.
The MP said the late Murinzi would be remembered for his great contribution to helping those in need. He said that the OCPD, a staunch believer and Reverend in the East African Pentecostal Church, has also been hailed as a humble and polite man who puts the needs of others first.
Irungu Macharia, Lamu District Commission, described Murinzi as a hard-working official who made changes in Lamu in his short tenure.
“It is a severe blow to us and the police as a whole to lose such a reliable officer. I offer my condolences to the family at these difficult times, ”said Moses Mureithi, commander of the Lamu County Police Department.
The residents of Lamu praised him as an officer who brought change to the area and tried to solve long-standing problems in the area.
Lamu County Governor Fahim Twaha described him as a great and brilliant man who was genuinely interested in changing Lamu.