SERVING SECRETARY AT FORT JESUS
- - It was with great shock and
sorrow that we heard of the sudden death of Mary Mwakundia on Mon.
Mary was the personal
secretary to the Fort Curator, Ali Abubakir as well as being the
public relations officer for Fort Jesus.
Mary had worked at Fort
Jesus for 23 years.
I first met Mary in 1984
when I came to Mombasa and joined the Friends of Fort Jesus.
I soon got to know her
very well as I went to work in the library at the request of Omar
We became firm friends
and have remained so ever since.
I got to know her
family, especially Judy, who came to work in the library when we moved
to Old Law Court.
Judy sadly died a couple
of years ago.
It was always a joy to
I would never have
dreamed of going to the Fort without going to see her.
Her spontaneous smile
and warm hug meant a great deal to me.
Mary was an exceptional
person, exemplary in both her personal and her professional life.
Her work at the Fort was
outstanding, and she was that rare person who had been awarded the
Museum's highest promotion as a secretary, not because of who she was,
but because of the quality of her work.
Mary was totally honest,
totally reliable, totally committed to doing a good job, ruled by her
I cannot think of a
single criticism of her !
Any enquiries, any
messages, Mary was the one to be relied on.
Her contribution to the 'Friends
of Fort Jesus' over the years is immeasurable.
Friends of Fort Jesus
have lost a highly valued friend and I am sure it is true to say that
the Fort Jesus administration will never be quite the same again.
Our sincere condolences
to Ali her husband and Josephine and Miriam her two daughters.
We thank God for her
life and for her example to us all.