Kenyan MSM Activist, Simon Mamicha, Dies Aged 29

Published: November 29, 2011

Simon Mamicha a well-known MSM activist and peer educator has died in a Nairobi hospital aged 29.

Mamicha who was born on May 5 1982 died at 7am today at the Nairobi Coptic Hospital where he had been admitted following an illness.

Until his death, Simon was an active member of ISHTAR MSM and was a trained peer educator tackling issues around HIV prevention and treatment and creating awareness.

He was loved by his peers and there was a huge outpouring of condolence messages on popular social forums such as Facebook and Twitter after news of the death became public.

Peter Njane the Executive Director of ISHTAR told Behind the Mask, “I got to meet Simon in 2003, he and I were very good friends. We hung out a lot and since he was independent at a young age while I was still living at my parent’s house, I often visited him at his place. He was so jovial and was constantly upbeat and always making fun. He got involved with ISHTAR and trained as a peer educator in 2009. His departure is a big blow to ISHTAR and to me.”

The news of Mamicha’s death surprised and shocked members of the Kenyan LGBTI community as his friends and family come to terms with the news.

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