Obituary - Kaaria W. Mbaya
Kaaria W. Mbaya
On 21st April 2005, Webmaster received an e-mail message from a friend of Kaaria:
"I want to pay tribute to a classmate and a very dear friend who passed away on September 11th 2001, in the Twin Towers
terrorist attack in New York. We were both day boys and belonged to Hawke/Baringo house.
Here is the story as reported in the Daily Nation on 18th Sept 2001"
Daily Nation - 18th Sept 2001
Kenyan died in terror raid against New
YorkBy DENNIS ONYANGO
At least one Kenyan died in the terrorist attack
on the World Trade Centre in New York, it was confirmed yesterday.
The body of Mr Kaaria Mbaya has been recovered
from the rubble of the WTC his mother, Prof Verstistine Mbaya, said.
Mr Mbaya, 38, worked as a senior computer
analyst with a company on one of the towers of the WTC. His office was on the
He is the son of a former MP
for Meru South, Mr Simon Mbaya, who died in a road accident about 25 years
"This is terrible news," his mother
said yesterday. "But it offers some relief. It is better than going to New York
only to find that the search has ended and the place sealed off and your son is
Mr Mbaya was one of at
least 5,000 people who died or are still missing following the terrorist attack,
in which two planes were crashed into the twin WTC towers and third into the US
military headquarters in Washington.
fourth plane hijacked by the same band of extremists crashed in Pennyslvania,
killing more than 100 people.
went to St George's School in Nairobi for his primary eduction and Nairobi
School for 'O' Levels. He then proceeded to Villanova and St Joseph's
Universities in Pennsylvania, USA, respectively for undergraduate and graduate
studies in computer science and engineering.
He was one of five children, who included two sisters and two brothers,
also living in the US. All were born in Kenya and took their early education in
Funeral arrangements are
expected to begin today.
"We will be
meeting to figure out how to go about this. Now we have at least the body to
talk about," Prof Mbaya said.
lived close to the World Trade Centre and usually walked to work.
Prof Mbaya was upset by the fact that the Kenyan
embassy in Washington had declared that no Kenyan died in the attack even as she
was still looking for her son.
undergoing the usual emotional response of grief, anger and fury that my son
could have been the target of a missile attack while he was in his office. I do
feel that the perpetrators be pursued to the ends of the earth,"she said.