Upcoming Kikuyu secular musician Maggie Sonnie has opened up how she lost loved ones in a grisly road accident but was kept in the dark about it for over 90 days.
In August 2007 Sonnie of the hit song “Hinguria Maitho” (Video Below) was admitted at Tumutumu Hospital after her six months pregnancy developed complications. Her hubby John Maina and brother Douglas Mwangi drove from Nairobi to see her but they never made.
The two from Mukurweini worked in same company. Their journey to Nyeri ended at Karigu-ini along Murang’a-Kenol road. The Subaru they were traveling in had a head-on collision with a trailer. They perished there.
However, the accident and burials were kept a secret to Sonnie by kins for they feared it would have traumatised and harm her.
“I was in bad condition in hospital. they thought telling me would have affected my pregnancy or result in something worse. I wish they told me. I should have attended the burial” the artist mourns.
Their bodies were later transferred to Tumutumu Hospital mortuary from Thika Level 5 hospital. They were buried on separate days in Mukurweini but Sonnie was told about it three months later after she underwent caesarean delivery.
She says all along she suspected something was wrong but family assured all was well. She wondered why their phones went off for weeks yet they had called her as they left Nairobi.
Whenever kins visited her in hospital they wept yet Sonnie was improving and was just on bed rest.
“I doubted their promises that John and Douglas were coming. They were always sorrowful. They did not explain their sadness leaving with confused” she narrates.
On her brother’s burial day she overheard visitors to hospital talk about funeral near her home. She confronted relatives about it but they refuted it.
Subaru they were traveling in had a head-on collision with a trailer.
Weeks later she was discharged only to find graves and a heartbreaking account of what happened and why it was kept secret to her. She was shattered, outraged that she fell sick.
“I didn’t know what to do next or who to blame. Today I am yet to heal. I kept their photos away because they bring sad memories. But I feel like the two went on a journey and will come back. At times I go through depressing moments” Sonnie narrates.