, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 26 – Former long-serving Provincial Commissioner Francis Lekolool passed away on Wednesday as he was being brought to Nairobi for treatment after complaining of chest pains.
His first born son Timothy Stelu said on Thursday that his father started complaining of chest pains on Monday but succumbed to the illness in Nyahururu at the age of 73.
Lekolool leaves behind a widow, Ruth Wairimu and five children- among them Stelu, Raphael Mingisian, Sammy Partimo, Isaac Ltajewa and Daniel Melin.
“Mzee passed on yesterday at about four o’clock in the evening as he was being brought to hospital from Maralal. He died in Nyahururu on his way to Nairobi,” explained Stelu.
The body is resting at the Lee Funeral Home and the family is making funeral arrangements, which will be revealed in due course.
Lekolool started his civil service career as a District Commissioner in 1972 before retiring in 1997. He served as Provincial Commissioner in Western province and later North Eastern before taking up a similar posting in Nairobi.
Lekolool also served as a national relief coordinator and at the time of his death he had been running his own private businesses.
“He started his career in the civil service in 1972 where he served in various stations as the District Commissioner. After retiring he became the national relief coordinator for about three years before leaving that post to take care of family businesses,” added Stelu.
Several Members of Parliament among them Samburu Women Representative Maison Leshomo and nominated Senator Naisula Lesuuda congregated at the Lee Funeral Home to condole with the family.
Leshomo said Lekolool was a dedicated administrator and his death has come as a great shock.
“To be honest with you, his death pains us but we leave it all to God. Maybe he heard about the Westgate attack and that messed up with his chest because he had the interests of all Kenyans at heart,” she said.
Samburu West MP Jonathan Leti urged the government to support the Lekolool family during this tough period adding that he was a role model to many people within the Samburu community.
His sentiments were also echoed by Samburu North MP Alois Lentoimaga who revealed that they worked together in 1988.
“All Samburus are mourning his death because it was so sudden and there was no warning that his health was in danger. All we know is that he had difficulty breathing,” said Lentoimaga.
“May he rest in peace.”