, KITUI, Kenya, May 30 – Veteran trade unionist and former Changamwe Member of Parliament Kennedy Kiliku, was on Saturday laid to rest at his Katulani family home in Kitui Central district.
The late Kiliku passed away last week at a Mombasa hospital following a short illness.
In a condolence message to the family read on his behalf by Kalonzo Musyoka by Vice President, President Mwai Kibaki described the late Kiliku as a diligent hard working person who served this country in various capacities.
The President noted that the passing on of the late Changamwe legislator was not only great loss to the immediate family but the whole nation.
President Kibaki said the late Kiliku ably represented workers during his successful term as the secretary general of Docks Workers Union.
“He was truly a hardworking person, amiable and a committed leader, those who interacted with him gained from his immense experience and wisdom,” the President noted.
On his part Prime Minister Raila Odinga whose message was also read by the Vice President said the cruel hand of death had once again robed the country of a dedicated leader who was passionate and dedicated trade unionist.
The Prime Minister said the late Kiliku was a nationalist whose leadership transcended regional or ethnic boundaries.
The Vice President described the late Kiliku as a pragmatic trade unionist, advocate of worker rights, a patriot and a champion of democracy
Mr Musyoka said he knew the late Kiliku as a true friend and partner in politics whose contribution particularly in parliament would be greatly missed.
Also present was Cabinet Minister Charity Ngilu and COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli among others.