President Uhuru Kenyatta has mourned the death of Ministry of Public Works Principal Secretary Mariam Al-Maawy who passed away on Wednesday.
In a statement through State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu, the Head of State eulogized Maawy as a dedicated servant; an accomplished architect; and a patriot.
President Kenyatta remembered her warmth, quiet and firm dedication to serving Kenyans to the very best of her ability.
“Early in her childhood, Marian Al-Maawy showed a real aptitude for study, and the diligence, which drove her to qualify as an architect at the University of Nairobi, and later to earn a Masters degree in South Africa,” reads the statement.
“She established a successful practice, which she led for many years, but she never allowed her work to get in the way of public service. Whether serving as a council member at Mombasa Polytechnic, or leading efforts to conserve Mombasa’s architectural heritage, she found ways to put her knowledge and skill at the service of her community.”
Deputy President William Ruto in his message mourned her as a diligent and dedicated public servant.
"The passing on of Public Works PS Mariam El-Maawy has come as a shock and caused much grief to government colleagues, friends and family," said Ruto.
"She was a dedicated official who demonstrated exceptional capacity and diligence. Her service to the nation will not be forgotten," he noted.
"May her Soul Rest In Peace," Ruto added.
Maawy was first appointed by President Kenyatta’s administration as Principal Secretary for Lands and later as Principal Secretary of Works in the Ministry of Public Works, where she served until her death.