Joseph Gaitho Mwago, the man credited to have founded Kiratina was laid to rest on Friday at his farm in Kiratina. He died on 2nd January 2020 at the age of 75.
The requiem mass for the late Joseph Gaitho was held at Restal restaurant grounds and attended by thousands of mourners from all over the country and beyond. Restal Restaurant is one of his many investments.
“The late was a shrewd investor, community leader, peacemaker and always at hand to offer advice,” said Mr Davison who had worked closely with the late Mwago for many years
One of his greatest legacies was founding the Kiamunyeki Land Buying Company in the 1970s that saw him assist many people to own land in Kiratina. As the group secretary, Mr Gaitho served the group diligently and fairly ensuring that every member got their rightful share of land. The words were echoed by every speaker who stood the eulogize the fallen hero.
Joseph Gaitho’s journey in Nakuru started in 1963 when he settled in Nakuru as a watchmaker. He later ventured into the transport business after buying a matatu which he used to drive.
As a shrewd businessman, he went on to venture into the hospitality industry and in education. He advised many who approached him on matters relating to business, family life and leadership.
Former Vihiga Governor Moses Akaranga was among those who admitted to having gotten leadership advice from the late Gaitho.
“Mzee also guided me a lot when it came to politics and business. When I was vying for and later as Governor of Vihiga, mzee supported and used to advise me a lot and I owe him a lot for my success,” revealed the former Governor.
Mzee Gaitho was a staunch Catholic. He helped found and build the St. Peter’s church in Kiratina where he worshipped till his death.
As a patriot, Mzee Gaitho carried out his civic duty diligently. He had given out part of his land to set up an Administration Police camp. Before his death, he had already donated two plots of his land for the building of a permanent police post in Kiamunyeki.
Apart from former Governor for Vihiga Moses Akaranga, others in attendance included Lee Kinyanjui, David Gikaria, Kimani Ngunjiri, Lee Njiru and Speaker Joel Kairu among others.
The late is survived by several children including Michael Muchiri (Mike Power) who had vied as an MCA in Rhoda ward.