Sarah Mwiku Mbwiria was born to M’Njogu and Mukiri Gatu in c.1927 at Bubui village, Murathankari location; Imenti North of Meru county.
She was the sister to the late Eliphelet M’Muthuuri Kameru, Samuel Kiunga M’Njogu and sister to Gakuene. They all knew her as the loving and supportive sister who was always there for them.
She was the wife to the late Gerald M’Mbwiria Thiuru and mother to Harriet Kanana, the late Susan Nkirote, John Mwenda, the late Jacob Kaimenyi, the late Peter Maingi, Ishmael Kinoti, Beatrice Kaguri, the late Jeremiah Bundi, Julius Koome and Moses Mutethia.
She was dotting grandmother to 35 and great grandma to many.
Mother in law to Morris Omukala, Florence Makena, Virginia Mukiri, Lydia Nkirote, Kirimi Manyara, Benjamin Mutia, Rhodah and Teresa.
On Mother’s day – 13th of May, 2018, she narrated a short history about her life, which is captured below: She reckoned having joined formal education at a very tender age – of six years – with her brothers. This was when the missionaries were introducing religion in her locality. They were encouraged to seek education by an older villager called Zakayo. By virtue of having been introduced to religion and church going (they would even go to church at night) they also got some formal education. She went up to class four in a school at Mutego in Murathankari.
In her adult life, she zealously joined non-formal education (Elimu ya Gumbaru) but soon quit in dismay upon noticing that she had been grouped together with people who had never attended school before then. Feeling that she was being forced to start all over again, and weighing the opportunity cost, she chose to stay at home and be the great mother she was.
She however ensured that her children got better education – from primary school to college.
She remembered how her fellow women-friends in the village used to request her to follow them for Gumbaru, where they were being wooed by the government with relief food, but she still became adamant and quit to concentrate on farming, a tradition she had learnt many years earlier when she got married to her late loving husband Gerald M’Mbwiria Thiuru in 1948.
He was predominantly a pastoralist (Murwanda- people of the savanna grassland). She would farm in Kithoka, Murathankari, Rwongorucheke, in all cases operating from their rural matrimonial home in Kibachia – just outside Meru town, to the East after Gakoromone.
In 1962 they moved with their family to a new settlement in Kiirua where they brought up their children with strict discipline and religion. More so, she continued farming cash crop, animal husbandry and general subsistence farming.
She was a Christian in the mainstream Methodist church in Mutuuma, whereby, she and her husband pioneered in the settling of Mutuuma Methodist church and the nearby Ribui primary school where she grew her children’s faith in God and taught them hard work and virtuous lifestyle.
Her faith and love for God was unquestionable from childhood, through her youth and old age.
On 25th September, 2020 she succumbed to a short illness at Milimani Hospital, Meru.
May the Lord rest her soul in eternal peace.
I have fought the good fight,
I have finished the race,
I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7