NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 18 – Chief Justice David Maraga has mourned Nyamira Governor John Nyangarama as a focused and distinguished leader.
Nyagarama, aged 74, succumbed to COVID-19 on Friday morning at the Nairobi Hospital where he had been receiving treatment for several weeks.
The Governor was reported to have been placed on life support earlier in the week when his condition worsened, he had been in and out of the hospital for the past two years after being diagnosed with cancer.
In a condolence message to the family of the county leader, CJ Maraga acknowledged having known the Governor for many years saying the people of Nyamira had lost “a great and focused leader.”
“Coming from the same village, I have known Hon. Nyagarama for many years. I last shared a platform with him only a month ago when I officiated over the opening of the Borabu Law Courts. The people of Nyamira have lost a great and focused leader,” the CJ said.
“On behalf of my family, the entire Judiciary, and on my own behalf, I wish to express our deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of the Governor, as well as the people of Nyamira,” he added.
These remarks were echoed by the Council of Governors who also mourned Nyangarama as a passionate Tea farmer having served in various Tea production and regulatory institutions.
“We will also miss his wise counsel in the Agriculture Committee where he was a member who was passionate about Tea farming having been a tea farmer himself and previously served in various Tea production and regulatory institutions,” CoG Chairperson Wycliffe Oparanya said.
President Uhuru Kenyatta also described the deceased as a friendly, approachable, wise, witty, and kind leader whose contribution to the tea sector shall be missed.
“At the national level, we shall forever be grateful to Governor Nyagarama for his contribution to the growth of our country’s tea sector, where he worked for many years and left an impressive track record of success before joining active politics,” the President said.
President Kenyatta noted his visionary leadership and excellent scorecard enabled his re-election for a second term in office adding that his success in politics, private life and public service were largely due to his strong work ethic and the relentless pursuit for excellence.
“We’ve lost a purpose-driven and consistent leader whose the relentless pursuit of success saw him rise steadily, over the years, from a classroom teacher to become one of our country’s top leaders,” Kenyatta said.
“It is Nyagarama’s unique ability to understand the challenges facing his people and the strong work ethic that has propelled him to the high echelons of our country’s leadership, rising to become the first Governor of Nyamira County,” the President added.