- Patrick Hinga died on the morning of Sunday, 17 March
- His death was confirmed by Wanja Mwaura, an ex-schoolmate who rescued him from the street
- It was not clear what caused the death of the infamous ex-street urchin
Kenyans are saddened by the death of a reformed drug addict who was rescued from the streets by his former schoolmate.
Patrick Hinga, who first hit local and international news headlines in October 2017, was pronounced dead on the morning of Sunday, 17 March.
Confirming the sad news, Hinga's kindhearted and caring schoolmate and rescuer, Wanja Mwaura, said he died on Sunday morning, but did not immediately indicate the cause of death.
“It is with deep sorrow that I inform you that Hinga has rested. He passed on this morning. I do not have the strength to say much right now. Rest in peace, my friend,” Mwaura broke the news in a Faceboook post seen by Briefly.co.za on Monday.
Mwaura, a nurse-turned-philanthropist, saved her long-term childhood friend and schoolmate, Hinga, from drug addiction in October 2017.
She bumped into Hinga around Chiromo where he was living as a street urchin, and cleaned him up before taking him to a rehabilitation centre because he had become addicted to drugs.
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However, Mwaura could not raise enough funds to support her friend's rehabilitation programme, so she took to social media to seek for assistance from Kenyans and other well-wishers.
Her Facebook appeal quickly grabbed public attention with thousands of Kenyans offering suggestion on how to support her noble mission.
Others rallied behind the idea of the campaign to get Mwaura to meet President Uhuru Kenyatta in order to get adequate support for Mwaura's rehabilitation cause.
In a disappointing turn of events, Mwaura later announced that the young man, who once had a bright future ahead of him, had
“With the money we raised we have opened a Mali Mali shop for him and gotten him a house to stay,” she said.
In a disappointing turn of events, Mwaura later announced that the young man who once had a bright future ahead of him, had reverted to his old ways despite her desperate efforts to help turn his life around.
“Hi good people of Wangige. I have been informed that Hinga has had a relapse and he's back in Wangige chewing miraa. We did our best but it seems...Anyway I don't know what to say”
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