Mariam El-Maawy Biography


On Wednesday 27 September 2017; Kenyan PS Mariam El-Maawy has passed on while receiving treatment in South Africa after she was injured in the Lamu Al Shabaab attack in July 2017.

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Mariam El-Maawy was an alumnus of University of Nairobi having undertaken a Bachelors in Architecture and later earning a Master’s degree from the same instution.

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Mariam El-Maawy was a dedicated public servant, an accomplished architect and a patriot. Before joining the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development as as PS, Ms Maawy worked in the Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning in the same capacity. Mariam has previously been engaged in various public service including:- Africa Public Procurement Network, The Faza Fire Disaster Fund as a Chairperson, Privatization Commission of Kenya as a member, Mombasa Polytechnic University Council as a council member and Public Procurement Oversight Authority as an Advisory Board Chairperson.

Mariam El-Maawy was the Principal Architect at Mariam Maawy Architects and Interior Designs.

Public Works Principal Secretary Mariam El-Maawy’s attack incident happened on July 2017 where she sustained injuries.

‘Elite security forces rescued the PS from suspected Al Shabaab militants who had taken her captive in a remote part of the volatile Lamu County. Officers from the Kenya Defence Force (KDF), the General Service Unit, and the Administration Police rescued the PS about 45 minutes after she and five other top government officials were kidnapped by the gunmen at Milihoi along the Lamu-Mpeketoni highway.

At least four security officers, including Ms El-Maawy’s driver, were killed in the operation following the abduction that marked a significant escalation of the low-level insurgency the militants have waged in parts of Lamu since early 2014. KDF helicopter airlifted El-Maawy to a hospital in Nairobi. Sources said she had a bullet lodged in her left shoulder and burns on her legs.’ 

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