• My mum was a champion.
  • She died very young, she was 41.
Johnson Sakaja
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Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja has narrated his childhood story that started at Ngara area, Nairobi. 

Speaking to Daniel Ndambuki aka Churchill Sakaja revealed that his mum was a Government officer at the prison services, hence they lived in a Government house. 

However, Sakaja's mum, Emily Awoti Kubasu died, forcing them to vacate the Government property in 1997. 

Being the last born in a family of three, Sakaja's mum died when he was very young.

"My mum used to work in Government she died in 1994. I was 9 years, but we continued staying in Government quarters. But in 1997 we had to move," he told Churchill.

Sakaja Mum's wedding
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Even though he did not have the luxury to spend more time with her, Sakaja recalls the wonderful lady she was. 

"Oh my Mum. My mum was a champion. She died very young, she was 41. At that time she was one of the senior most ladies in the prison service at Langata Women's. She was a champion.

She was Kenya's fastest runner. In 1971 she was the East African champion for 200 Metres race. She represented Kenya in many short distance races. She was very ambitious, and maybe that is why she died at a very young age. Very loving, i am told. I didn't know her much by the time she died, nilikuwa mtoi bado, and i remember it very clearly like yesterday.

Sakaja with his parents
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Many of my aunties and those who knew her say, I am very much like her. I think I even look like her. My son is very fast, I think he took the gene from his grandmother," he recalled.