NAIROBI, Kenya May 30 – Former Kibwezi MP Kalembe Ndile is dead. He was aged 57.
Kalembe died at a Nairobi Hospital on Saturday night, according to a close family member.
His family said he died from liver-related complications.
“He was discharged from hospital two weeks ago, but his health deteriorated later and he was taken back to hospital. He has passed on,” his brother Sam Ndile said.
Kalembe served as an Assistant Minister in the administration of former President Mwai Kibaki and will be remembered for his fiery yet humorous statements and attacks on fellow politicians.
His last public statement was a month ago when he addressed a press conference on various local political issues.
President Uhuru Kenyatta, his Deputy William Ruto, former Prime Minister Rail Odinga, party leaders Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Musalia Mudavadi (Amani) were among leaders who sent condolences to the family.
2/2 "It is unfortunate that death has taken from us the Hon Kalembe Ndile in his prime. He was a lively politician who loved and worked with everyone, and always held the interests of the country at heart," the President said.
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— State House Kenya (@StateHouseKenya) May 30, 2021
Mheshimiwa Kalembe Ndile devoted his life to serve the people of Kibwezi. He was a master of equal justice who set an incredible example of service to all. He will best be remembered for his modesty, insights, independent voice and fighting for the rights of the underprivileged. pic.twitter.com/CjqEro7DyW
— William Samoei Ruto, PhD (@WilliamsRuto) May 30, 2021
With great shock, I have learnt of the passing of former MP Hon Kalembe Ndile.
The people of Kibwezi and our country have lost a charismatic leader with exceptional grassroots mobilization skills who also cared deeply for the underprivileged.
May He Rest In Eternal Peace. pic.twitter.com/zlQrQX9nHx
— Raila Odinga (@RailaOdinga) May 30, 2021