• One of her last messages read: "With everything that’s currently happening, you have to stop complaining and just be grateful you are alive and got to see your loved ones for another day!"
Family and friends are mourning the sudden death of Catherine Achayo Mbandu who perished in a road crash on Ngong Road on Sunday.
The car she was traveling in from Karen to town hit a roadside wall before plunging a bridge along Ngong Road almost five meters down.
Achayo was in the front passenger seat, the side where the vehicle crashed.
"Even when her body was extracted from the wreckage, her face was smiley, with the space between her front teeth showing," her cousin Ray Eyase told the Star.
Achayo was described as bubly and jovial soul who was always grateful for everything.
In one of her Facebook posts, she wrote, "With everything that’s currently happening, you have to stop complaining and just be grateful you are alive and got to see your loved ones for another day!"
Adding, "Trying to find a balance between the brain’s and the heart’s demands is harder than you think but very possible."
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Achayo's close friends and family paid tribute in moving posts on social media.
Carolyne Wasieke: Dear Achayo Catherine (Kate) my very best workmate, humble, a girl with less words, death is so cruel, did you have to die on spot, how did this car roll from the bridge to that ditch surely, when I saw the news an accident at Dagorreti Bridge 6 people died on the spot I didn't know you one of the six. That Thursday sweet laughter with your kind words to me," Caroline your vibrancy is on another level keep it up" Eeh mamaaa, and you promised to buy lunch, you insisted not just lunch but nice lunch and we laughed, fare thee, well sweetie. Only God can comfort your dear parents Rev . Martin Mbandu of Citam Churches and your Mum Rachel Mbandu. You have died a painful death, my dear, your presence at work was vital. RIP dear gal. Go well, Kate... It is well.
June Bosire: Dear Achayo Catherine you were loved in life and in death we love you even more!!!!! Growing up in the same hood, attending Sunday School together, singing in the children's choir you always had the microphone 🎤every Sunday to lead the children's choir songs. Remember how we always had the Saturday practices together with Rev Pam Dreda Oyola and Emily Aseda our hearts are wounded but we are glad that you are resting in the Arms of your maker!!!!to Pst Martin Mbandu and mum Rachel Mbandu Rachel Imali you are in our hearts.
Catherine was the daughter of Martin and Rachael Mbandu who are senior pastors at Christ Is the Answer Ministries (CITAM). She was a sister to Marvin, Sheldon, Loice, and Sarah Mbandu.
Her funeral service will be held at CITAM Valley Road on Tuesday, March 1 at 10 am.
Her body will then be transported for burial at Lunyu in Kolongolo, Trans Nzoia county, on Thursday, March 3.
May she rest in peace.