Orie Rogo Manduli to be buried on October 2

Orie Rogo Manduli (pictured) to be buried on October 2 at Kitale farm

Former National Council of Non-Governmental Organisations chairperson and first female rally driver in Kenyan Orie Rogo Manduli,  will be buried at her farm in Tondore Estate, Kitale on Saturday, October 2 in full African attire.

Manduli passed on barely a week ago at her home in Riverside Drive, Nairobi at the age of 73.

In an exclusive interview with The Standard on Wednesday, September 15, the family’s spokesperson, Gor Semelang’o, said the former Ambassador would be laid to rest in the attire she liked.

”Plans are underway to ensure we give her a befitting sendoff. In terms of dressing, we have not reached the final decision yet, Though it must be something she liked,” Semelang’o said.

The spokesman said the burial would take place next month to give the family time to plan for the guests and ensure Covid-19 protocols adhered to on the material day.

Prior to the burial, the family says they will hold a funeral mass at All Saints’ Cathedral on Tuesday, September 28 from 10 am.

Manduli, an outspoken and go-getter woman of many firsts took a bow on September 7 after a year-long battle with health complications.

Mary Orie Rogo Manduli was born in Maseno, Kisumu County in 1948 to Gordon Rogo and Zeruiah Adhiambo.

She will be remembered as the first woman of African descent to participate in the East African Safari Rally in 1974 and 1975 as she drove a Colt Lancer.

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