Catherine Muthoni, popularly knows as Celina who is the sister to the late veteran musician Joseph Kamaru has passed on.
Celina has died one year after the death of her brother Kamaru.
According to family reports, Celina passed on mid this week from stroke. She has been residing in her home in Embu County.
During the funeral of her later brother Kamaru, Celina caught the attention of an entire nation when she went to the podium, where President Uhuru Kenyatta and other dignitaries were seated.
After exchanging warm pleasantries – the way old friends would do – she whispered something that seemingly tickled the president’s funny bone.
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Catherine Muthoni got the stage name ‘Celina’ from a song they did with the late Kamaru.
The two used to entertain Kenya’s founding president Mzee Jomo Kenyatta at State House when the younger Kenyatta was still a young boy.
So when Celina was given a chance to speak to the president, she walked straight to him, held him in tight embrace and whispered something to the president, who immediately broke into a hearty laughter drawing the attention of the other mourners.
She even high-fived the president and playfully held his head in her hands.
Celina and President Kenyatta go a long way back, having first made acquaintances more than 50 years ago.
In an interview with a local TV station Celina said he reminded the president how he used to sneak sodas to her whenever she visited State House with her brother to entertain the late Mzee Kenyatta.
“Nilimwambia wewe unakumbuka vile ulikuwa unaenda kuniibia tu soda, akachekaaa. Ni vile kwenu kuna soda unaenda kuchukulia mtu kamoja kamoja (I reminded him how he used to ‘steal’ sodas for me, the way little children always do. That’s what amused him),” she said.
President Kenyatta officially invited Celina to State House in the company of other Benga musicians but it did not happen. She has passed on before she could visit back the State House and reminisce the good old days of Uhuru’s boyish misdemeanor of ‘stealing’ sodas for his childhood friend at State House.