Kwamchetsi Makokha: Whispers family waiting for justice, 5 years on

It will be five years on Monday since Wahome Mutahi - satirist, theatre artist, writer and journalist - passed on. He was a man made for laughter and good times, just as he was imbued with a deep sense of fellow feeling. Time heals all, they say. And no one is irreplaceable, but tomorrow, that brand of humour that came with his Whispers column will not have been replaced yet.

Today, his family meets for prayers at his home in Tetu, Nyeri.

Later in the year, sometime in October, the hearing of a case in which the family is seeking compensation begins.

Wahome died after an operation to remove a growth from his neck went awry. The Medical and Dental Practitioners Board found that the anaesthetist had been professionally negligent and that the Thika Hospital had inadequate equipment for the operation.

Five years ... and still the real trial has not begun. Wheels of justice indeed!

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