Former President of the National Council of Non-Governmental Organizations, Orie Rogo Manduli, has died at her home on Riverside Drive, Nairobi, 73.
According to her personal assistant Samuel Ndambuki, Manduli died while preparing for a dental examination.
“We went to a Nairobi hospital for a test yesterday [Tuesday]. This morning we visited her brother in Embakasi and she was very normal. We had an appointment with the dentist this afternoon and while she was applying the ointment I realized she was leaning to one side, ”Ndambuki
Mary Orie Rogo Manduli was born in Maseno, Kisumu County in 1948, to Gordon Rogo and Zeruiah Adhiambo.
Her father was the principal and later a mentor while her mother was teaching at Kisumu Vocational College.
“I attended Ng’iya Girls’ High School, like my mother, then Butere Girls and then ‘Masaku California’ (Machakos Girls). Again, no date please,” she said. He said in an interview with KBC.
Despite being a qualified teacher, she never pursued her teaching profession as she got married soon after graduating from Machakos Teachers College.
Three daughters, Elizabeth, Allison and Janice but the divorce occurred after five years.
She then remarried a Zambian and a cousin of former President Frederick Chiluba, Norman Manduli, in 1980.
Manduli was a politician and businessman in Lusaka, but worked throughout Africa, hence the name Orie Rogo Manduli.
“He died in 2003. We were not separated. We were together from the beginning. He was a good husband and father,” he added.
Kenyans will remember Ms Manduli as the first woman and with her head scratching in the air to match her favorite Nigerian fashion outfit.
She was the first woman of African descent to take part in the East African Journey Rally in 1974 and 1975. She fired Colt Lancer.
“I was angry that we had a Safari Rally every year and that the few women who participated were all foreigners. I wanted to prove that Kenyan women can participate in car races as well. I don’t want to be put in a box. Or be unusual,” she told The Standard’s Eve magazine. seven years ago.
The mother of three has never stopped fighting and described herself as “a lion in her den”.
This was evident in 2005 when he took over the leadership of the National Council of Non-Governmental Organizations.