RIP: Uhuru leads nation in mourning a national heroin

President Uhuru Kenyatta has led fellow Kenyans in mourning the demise of Former Maendeleo ya Wanawake  organisation champion  Mrs Jane Kiano who was ailing from Lung Cancer.

According to the statement released by her family read, “She died at 10.25pm after along bravely battle against lung cancer and we are very proud of her…May her legacy continue to inspire young women and girls from all corners of this country. We are sure that she now walks with the angels,”

Ms Kiano served as the MYWO chairperson between 1971-1984 but was recently serving as the organisation’s patron alongside Mama Ngina Kenyatta.

Kiano was the widow of Dr Julius Gikonyo Kiano, a former Cabinet minister, nationalist and Kenya’s first PhD holder.Born in Tumu Tumu, Nyeri, she trained as a teacher before switching to National women leadership.

She had over 40 years of voluntary public service and leadership in the women’s movement.Kiano was among other outstanding powerful women honoured for their women empowerment role in the society, such as Ida Odinga, Phoebe Asiyo, Grace Onyango and Beth Mugo.

Kiano, who led a largely quiet life, had previously been awarded the Elder of the Burning Spear Award in 1979.

She was the Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organization National Chairperson between 1971–1984.Later she served as National Council of Women of Kenya Chairperson (1999-2003). She also served as Alliance Francaise President (1982-2013) and was Nairobi City Commission Deputy Chairperson (1988–1992).

She was decorated for her service with Legion d’ Honneur du France in 2014, Freedom of the Nairobi City in 2006, Elder of the Burning Spear for being an outstanding Woman Leader among others.

Kiano will be remembered for her strong personality and bravely fighting for  women’s right  and justice her days as the MYWON  chairperson.

Many Kenyans including some lawmakers are suffering from cancer however, women are being treated for cancer with higher death rates than men, a cost analysis report at the Kenyatta National Hospital shows.


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