, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 6 – The widow of the Kitui West Member of Parliament Francis Nyenze has mourned him as a strong man who bravely fought a good fight for 10 years after being diagnosed of colon cancer.
Edith Faith Nyenze told Capital FM News Wednesday that though she was prepared psychologically about her husband’s death, Nyenze was determined to get back to his feet and execute his legislative role especially to his constituents.
“My husband has been receiving treatment positively and up to yesterday my husband was talking, he could still feed himself and walk comfortably,” she said.
Faith revealed that her husband had travelled to India and Dubai in pursuit of better treatment.
Faith added that the death of her husband has robbed the family a man who, despite being in the political arena, was always committed to his family obligations.
“Nyenze is the best thing that God has ever given me, he was a very loving husband a politician but faithful to the family and a staunch Christian.
“He has really served people well and I wish as a nation we could work as hard as he did. He loved the poor so much and he encouraged me as well to help the poor,” said Faith.
According to the family Spokesman Enoch Wambua who is Kitui Senator and Nyenze’s brother-in-law, the lawmaker died on Wednesday at The Nairobi Hospital at the age of 60.
Nyenze arrived in the National Assembly with an oxygen tank to be sworn into office.
Nyenze who comfortably defended his parliamentary seat during the August 8 elections on a Wiper Democratic Movement Party is survived by Faith and three children – Erick (30), Ruth (26) and Grace (23).
In the meantime various leaders led by President Uhuru Kenyatta have mourned the former Environment, Heritage and Sports minister during the KANU era.
Kenyatta eulogized him as a parliamentarian who was steadfast and committed in matters national development and service delivery especially to his constituents.
“I have known the late Nyenze since the time he was a Cabinet Minister under President Moi’s administration, he was always keen on preserving our unity and nationhood. I urge all of us to emulate his leadership style,” said President Kenyatta.
National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga in a statement eulogised Nyenze as a man who was dedicated in his work and said that the nation had lost a patriotic man.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. We wish to convey heartfelt sympathies and sincere condolences to the people of Kitui West and the country at large at this tragic moment. Nyenze served the people of Kitui West and the country with dedication cumulatively for decades,” Odinga said.
Water and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa paid tribute to the fallen legislator as a man who commanded a lot of respect across the political divide and said the country had lost a true leader.
“Nyenze was among the respected leaders in this country. When you are talking about maturity and sobriety in the politics of this country, Honourable Nyenze had his place and as a nation we are saddened to lose him at this time,” Wamalwa said.
Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi said the Legislature has lost a brave and selfless leader who served as an indefatigable former Minority Leader.
Nyenze was born on June 2, 1957 in Kabati, Kitui West and is a graduate of the University of Nairobi.
He was the Member of Parliament for Kitui West Constituency and the Minority Leader in the 12th Parliament.