NAIROBI, April 4 – National Assembly Clerk Samuel Waweru Ndindiri, who has been ailing from cancer, is dead.
Ndindiri passed on at the Nairobi Hospital on Thursday night, after almost one month in hospital.
The Clerk, who was appointed to the National Assembly in 1992 as a clerk assistant, rose through the ranks to become Principal Clerk, before he was transferred to the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife as a deputy secretary in 1993.
He also served in a similar position in the Ministry of Education.
Ndindiri is most remembered for his work as a secretary to a probe committee of the House, headed by former Changamwe Member of Parliament (MP) Kennedy Kiliku, which travelled around the country inquiring into the cause of ethnic clashes in 1992.
He was the third Clerk of the Kenyan Parliament, after Leonard Ngugi and Japheth Kithuku Masya.
He was appointed to that office in June 1999, straight from the office of the Ministry of Energy, where he was a deputy secretary.
The last time Ndindiri made headlines was when the 10th Parliament convened for the first time to appoint a House Speaker and a Deputy Speaker.
He had a tough time controlling the Members, who had disagreed on whether the two officials should be elected through secret ballot, or through acclamation.
He presided over the Assembly during the voting process and successfully announced the results.
Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka in a message of condolence described the deceased as a public officer who executed his duties diligently, fairly and firmly.
Musyoka described his demise as a great blow to anyone who had the opportunity to know him.
Some of Ndindiri’s functions were the business of the National Assembly, the welfare of members, the Hansard, and the workings of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Inter-Parliamentary Union, and the Parliamentary Service Commission.
During his tenure Parliament emerged as an autonomous legislative body following his management for transitional change.
Ndindiri will be remembered for remarkable reforms in Parliament, including the facilitation of live coverage of parliamentary proceedings that will be implemented this year.
He also promoted the use of Information Communication Technology in the Assembly.
He also paved way for research facilities used by the parliamentary committees and Members of Parliament, and the provision of MPs offices at Continental building.
Ndindiri, who was born in 1951, graduated from the University of Nairobi in 1974 where he obtained a BA degree in Government.
He is survived by his wife and four children.