Friday, August 04, 2006


Thank you all for your concern.

It is true that Kachumbari, the kenyan villager, has passed on -he is dead. He was killed by a 'hit and run' motorist while on a visit to Nairobi City. As you may have read in one of his previous posts, he had recently set up a shop in Nyahururu town. The shop is selling a large variety of goods, mostly small fast moving items from China, like nail files, toys, cards, key holders, watches, sun glasses, e.t.c. Such shops are commonly called 'mali mali' shops. His wife has already decided to relocate the shop to Nyeri, Kachumbari's ancestral home where most of his relatives live, after some time.

On the fateful day, he had gone to Nairobi to buy mechandise for the shop. He had travelled on a Sunday afternoon so as to spend the night in the city, start shopping early in the morning and then return to Nyahururu in the evening. This was not to be. He arrived safely in Nairobi and decided to visit his brother-in-law who lives in 'South C' estate. While waiting for a bus to town at around 8.00pm, and in the company of the in-law, a car lost control and hit him and another person. Kachumbari died while being rushed to Kenyatta National Hospital by a good samaritan. The 'hit and run' car drove away and nobody was able to read the number plate.

Kachumbari left behind a wife and two children. I believe they are well taken care of. Shortly before his death, he had bought a life insurance policy and my wife is assisting his wife in trying to persue payment. He also had a personal accident insurance cover which contributed Kshs 20,000 towards the funeral expenses. They promised to pay the remaining amount in a months time. He never left a written will but had told me, his dad and several clan elders that in case of his demise, his estate should go to his wife. His family are honoring his wishes and we do not expect problems at all. People here are very superstitious and few would dare to cheat her -in any case, she was listed in the insurance forms as the next of kin and beneficially.

Kachumbari's real name was Anthony. Let's leave it at that.
He was 33.

I still can't believe he is gone -he was such a great guy. He loved his family so much and will genuinely be missed by many.

May he rest in peace.

(I will let this blog hang around for a month and before deleting it.)

Samuel (Cousin, best friend and confidant).


Blogger Kagz said...


Very Very Sad.

May he R.I.P.

May God Bless & Keep his family.

(Thanks for the info)

2:09 PM  
Blogger UARIDI said...

May he rest in peace. Thank you for telling us. May God comfort all the people he left behind

2:16 PM  
Anonymous Jo said...

Shocking and very sad for Kachumbari to depart in that way. Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends. Rest in peace.

3:32 PM  
Anonymous irena said...

Rest in Peace Kachumbari.You will be greatly missed and prayers to your family and friends.

Samuel , thank you for delivering this news as bitter as it is.

4:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is really some sad news. May Kachumbari rest in peace, my prayers go out to his loved ones. But there's no need to delete his blog! It's like denying the fact that he existed and was part of KBW. I'm requesting you, Samuel, to please let his blog stay so that we can have something to remember him by.

5:15 PM  
Blogger Acolyte said...

My sincerest condolences to all of you who were close to him.

5:45 PM  
Anonymous AfroM said...

My deepest condolences to his family.

My heart goes out to all who knew him. I enjoyed reading his blog and getting a glimpse into his life. He will be sorely missed.

RIP Kachumbari, thank you for the lessons you taught me/us through your blog. Your hardwork, preparedness and.. I am at a loss for words. RIP.

5:54 PM  
Blogger Mimmz said...

My heartmost sympathy and condolences go out to his family and friends.

What a tragic death. The mob justice for motorists in the wrong, following an accident, has to be stopped. It's the reason why so many people flee scenes of these accidents. Just goes to prove why taking matters into our own hands only comes back to bite us in the end.

I'm glad his family seems to be taken care of. I'd be happier if we could get the driver's insurance to add on to that security that Kachumbari left behind for his family.

Rest in Peace.

6:17 PM  
Blogger Msanii_XL said...

My most heartfelt condolences to his family and close friends.


6:42 PM  
Anonymous Mama JunkYard said...

Pole sana to his family and friends and thank you Samuel for writing this post.

6:47 PM  
Blogger Rista said...

Poleni sana. Well, better to have loved and lost, and I'm glad he left his family with something to tide them over.

7:24 PM  
Anonymous kenyananalyst said...


10:51 PM  
Blogger Whispering Inn said...

Fare thee well, Kachumbari.
We hardly knew thee.

Pole sana to family and friends.

1:31 AM  
Blogger Gay Nairobi Man said...

I have never been on this blog before( just spent an hour reading all then posts).

I wish I knew you. You simplified country life and your posts are quite inspiration. Rest in peace.

Samuel keep the blog; lets us immortalise Kachumbari by our coming here to remember him.

4:38 PM  
Blogger Kenyan Pundit said...

Condolences to his family and friends. Very sad news.

6:50 PM  
Blogger AK said...

Fare thee well Kachumbari! And may God give your family the strength to cope!

Thanks Samuel for letting us know!

7:00 PM  
Anonymous Ms K said...

My deepest condolences to his family and to you Samuel. He kept life so simple, in a world full of superficiality, and is truly an inspiration for that.

May his life be a continuing legacy for all who knew him, his family, his kids and for us in the blogosphere.


11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Antony for all the education and the insight you had about home.
Rest well my dear fellow blogger until the day we meet again.
God bless your family,that they can have peace in their heart after all this.
Thanks Samuel for telling us what happened.

1:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Between June 23rd and June 27th Kachumabri wrote in his post about insurance 'The faces of my wife and two kids flashed in my mind and I couldn't help wondering how their life would be without me.' A month later he passed away. I believe his family will be fine ( physically) without him due to his devotion to them and his foresight.

My heart goes to his wife and his babies. But they can know that daddy thought about them and loved them to take care of them even in his absence.

Rest Anthony in Peace. And Peace to you family that you loved so dearly too.

Samuel, please please, tafadhali kwa hisani yako do not delete this blog. I have read these posts more than once and I want to always be able to re-read the tales of the True Villager.

1:30 AM  
Anonymous Gia said...

Even in death Kachumabri you still teach us. Be prepared for any eventuality.
GOd Bless your family and Rest In Peace.

1:32 AM  
Blogger mutumia said...

Thank you Samuel. May Anthony rest in peace and may his family find comfort.

Please don't delete his blog though. Let his words live on please.

RIP Anthony.

4:59 PM  
Blogger Shamba Man said...

It is with deep shock that I have read of the demise of Kachumbari. His leagcy will live on. I have decided to start a blog along the same them of experiences from the inspiration I got from the Kenyan Villager.
Fare thee well

1:28 PM  
Anonymous Ntwiga said...

Poleni kwa musiba.

6:45 AM  
Blogger Emmanuel.K.Bensah II said...

WHat a short life! I just stumbled upon this blog, only to read that Kenyan Villager is no more!:-(( How sad:-( RIP Anthony.

I concur: please do not delete this blog; it is a legacy to his life.

7:34 PM  
Blogger Shiroh said...

Rest in peace Kachumbari.

4:38 PM  
Anonymous ndesanjo said...

Ni huzuni kubwa sauti toka kijijini imetutoka. Poleni wana ndugu wote.

6:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May you rest in Peace, I have never been to this blog but when I read all the messages I was touched.R.I.P

10:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kachumbari we still remmeber you.
May 2007

2:37 PM  
Blogger Wanjiru said...

Was drawn to this blog...such a good writer....may God give comfort to his wife and kids.RIP.

9:34 AM  
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Blogger Muthoga Kioni said...

I still remember you Kachumbari.

12:10 PM  
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