The Machakos Governor, Dr. Alfred Mutua has sent a message of condolences to the family of the late Kitui West MP, Francis Nyenze who died early on Wednesday at a city hospital.
Nyenze, who until his death was a Wiper legislator who also once served as an opposition minority Whip in the 12th Parliament succumbed to colon cancer early this morning while undergoing treatment at a Nairobi hospital.
He was taken ill three weeks ago after his condition worsened barely four months after being sworn in to serve another term as Mp for Kitui West.
While eulogizing the late MP, Dr Mutua described the deceased as an astute and forthright leader who stood for what he believed to be right regardless of the opinion of the majority.
He said the late leader will also be remembered for his exemplary leadership skills that had no place for partisan political sycophancy that has stalked the greater Ukambani region for years.
Nyenze was a forthright leader who stood by his word and had no time for sycophancy and retrogressive politics that has bedeviled Ukambani over the years. He was a gentleman, diplomat and politician all rolled in one,said the County leader.
On her part, former Kathiani MP, Wavinya Ndeti described Nyenze as a leader who devoted his time to serve his people.
She termed his death a shocker not only for the people he represented but the country as a whole.
The late MP was born on June 2, 1957 in Kabati,Kitui West in Kitui County.
A graduate of the University of Nairobi, Nyenze later served in various government positions, including as the Minister for Heritage and Sports in 2001 during President Daniel Moi’s government.
He also served in the same government in 1997 as Minister for Environment when he was elected as the MP for Kitui West.
Signs of his waning health came to the fore when he was being sworn in to the 13th Parliament after he appeared in the August house with an oxygen tank strapped on his body.
He was a vocal member of the Wiper Democratic Movement and at one time caused a stir within the party’s ranks after he openly appeared to back the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta in the August 8 general polls.
Source: Kenya News Agency