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Former chief government pathologist buried

Former Chief Government Pathologist Dr. Moses Njue has been laid to rest at his ancestral farm in Rwika Sub-location in Mbeere South Constituency, Embu.

Dr. Njue died on Wednesday, November 8, aged 61, while receiving treatment at Imara Hospital in Embu where he had been rushed after falling ill at his residential home in Rwika.

His illustrious career spanning over three decades saw him rise through the ranks to become chief government pathologist and later on served as the Chief Executive Officer at the Embu Level Five Hospital, before retiring three years ago.

In his later years of his career, Dr. Njue faced legal challenges over allegations of organ harvesting.

Casket bearing the remains of the late Dr. Moses Njue during his burial in Rwika Sub-location, Embu on Saturday November 18, 2023.

However, throughout the legal battle he maintained his innocence and was eventually acquitted alongside his son Lemuel Muriithi due to lack of evidence last year.

Mourners who attended his burial Saturday, including colleagues led by the current Chief Government Pathologist Dr. Johansen Oduor eulogized him as forthright, go-getter and a great mentor to many, who had a chance to interact with him, or go through his hands in the medical field.

“Dr. Njue is someone we knew way back during our school life as a teacher, mentor and a colleague,” Dr. Johansen said, adding that he stood for the truth in everything that he did.

He continued, “Dr. Njue was a man of integrity, a team player and someone who was always ready to assist, he guided us and made us what we are today.”

He said while he was a medical student, he did not want to be a pathologist, but the deceased fighting spirit for human rights, made him feel he needed to be like him and that is how he ended up taking up pathology.

His sentiments were also echoed by his colleagues Dr. Charles Muturi and Dr. Titus Ngulungu who said it is through him they were inspired to take up their career paths in pathology.

Dr. Muturi said he fought for the profession that was cast in bad light arising from many cases emanating from allegations of unethical conduct.

“It’s unfortunate that along the way he was also fought, but came out strongly, fought for the truth and won,” he said, adding he was a real fighter.

Other leaders present during the burial ceremony included Embu Senator Alexander Mundigi and the immediate former Mbeere South MP Godfrey Kinga’ang’i.

They also eulogized the deceased as a man they said was a trailblazer, who beat all odds to make a name for himself in the medical profession.

Mundigi said his rich legacy will live on and called on young people aspiring to venture into medicine to emulate him.

Kinga’ang’i who schooled with Dr. Njue at Ngenge Primary School said he had right from onset set his eyes on the profession and as such it was only natural that he ended up becoming a pathologist.

In the private sector, Dr. Njue was the founder and director of Kings Medical Training College in Nyeri, served as lecturer at Embu University and Kenya Methodist University and was in his retirement running a funeral home in Kiritiri Township in Mbeere South Constituency.

By Samuel Waititu

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