Nairobi - A United Nations staff member killed in an
Islamist insurgent attack in Somalia was named Friday as Rita Muchucha, a
Praising an "open, friendly and fun-loving colleague,
tragically lost to us in the prime of her life", the UN Development
Programme announced her death with "great sorrow".
Muchucha, who only recently relocated to the Somali capital
from Nairobi having worked for UNDP since 2005, is survived by her husband and
five-year old daughter.
She was one of 11 people killed when the seven-man team of
suicide commandos from the al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab insurgents shot and blasted
their way into the UN compound in Mogadishu Wednesday, before Somali and
African Union forces battled their way inside to kill the gunmen.
The UN chief Ban Ki-moon later expressed outrage at the
"despicable" attack, but said that the organisation would not end its
work in Somalia.
"Rita was a young, dynamic, committed woman," the
UN tribute added.
"Her spirit will live on in every smile brought on by
her memory and in the hearts of all of us who have been honoured to know
Two South African contractors, a Somali UN contractor, four
Somali security guards and three civilians in the surrounding streets were also
killed, officials said.