Kitui West MP Francis Nyenze dies aged 60 in Nairobi

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Former National Assembly Minority Leader Francis Nyenze. The Wiper Kitui West MP is dead. Photo credit: Daily Nation.

Kitui West MP and former Minority Leader Francis Nyenze has passed on.

Mr Nyenze died on Wednesday at The Nairobi Hospital, according to Kitui Senator Enoch Wambua.

OXYGEN

His family said the body had been moved to Lee Funeral Home in Nairobi.

On August 31, Mr Nyenze carried an oxygen tank into the National Assembly for his swearing-in.

He arrived at about 10am, with the tank strapped on the body and the tubes snaking up his back.

He looked frail and was limping but put on a brave face and greeted the battery of journalists at the entrance.

He said: “How are you are friends…mimi pia nimefika (I’ve also made it) for the swearing-in.”

Kitui West MP Francis Nyenze during his swearing-in at Parliament Buildings on August 31, 2017.
Photo credit: Daily Nation.

He hugged and cheerfully greeted his colleagues inside and took the oath.

Mr Nyenze, Kanu-era Cabinet minister, successfully defended his Kitui West seat on a Wiper Democratic Movement party ticket in the August 8 General Election.

Born on June 2, 1957 at Kabati in Kitui County, Mr Nyenze was a close ally of Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka.

However, he touched off a political firestorm in Ukambani when he and former Kitui Senator David Musila endorsed the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

It was not immediately clear what claimed the life of the former Environment, Heritage and Sports minister but, during the swearing-in, he said he was suffering from pneumonia.

Mr Nyenze is survived by three children.

In Summary

  • Born on June 2, 1957, Mr Nyenze was a close ally of Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka.
  • However, he touched off a political firestorm in Ukambani when he and former Kitui Senator David Musila endorsed the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta.