, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 18 – Leaders were on Monday united in mourning former Juja Member of Parliament George Thuo, who died on Sunday night.
Former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka and ousted Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula described Thuo as a visionary leader who has died at a tender age.
In his message, Musyoka said Thuo was a great leader and an astute politician with distinguished skills.
“My deepest condolences to the family, friends, relatives and Juja constituents following the passing on of former Juja Member of Parliament and a friend, George Thuo. To the family, take solace in the Lord during this difficult time of mourning. My family and I are with you in prayers,” he said.
Wetangula said the cruel hand of death had robbed the country of a “leader whose leadership skills and persona will be missed by many.”
Several other leaders including top government officials joined the family at the Lee Funeral Home, where the body was taken on Sunday night.
Transport Cabinet Secretary Michael Kamau was among the top government officials who went to the morgue where family and friends had gone to view the body but they did declined to speak to the media.
Thuo is reported to have died on Sunday night after collapsing while having drinks with friends at a club in Thika town.
Witnesses say the former legislator was first rushed to a hospital in the town for emergency treatment before he was transferred to the Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi.
“He started complaining of high fever and that is when he was rushed to the local hospital, but when the situation deteriorated he was transferred to Nairobi,” a friend of the deceased told Capital FM News.
Thuo was the founder of City Hoppa Bus Company, where he held a substantial stake.
He holds a steady track record in the public transport industry having held top positions at the defunct Kenya Bus Service company.
The late Thuo was elected MP for Juja in the 2007 General Election on the Party of National Unity (PNU), but lost the seat in April 2010 after a successful petition over irregularities.
William Kabogo who is the current Kiambu Governor captured the seat on a Narc-Kenya ticket.
The constituency is currently represented by Francis Waititu of The National Alliance (TNA) party.