Henry Obwocha was a charismatic man: Kisii leaders


Henry Obwocha
Henry Obwocha

In Summary

  • The former Planning Minister also served as West Mugirango MP from 1992 - 2007.
  • Until his death, the late Henry Obwocha was Chairman of the Privatisation Commission.
  • He is said to have attended a funeral in Nyamira where he was taken ill and requested to be driven to Nairobi.

Kisii leaders have expressed grief over the death of former Cabinet minister Henry Obwocha saying they have lost a great leader.

Borabu MP Ben Momanyi described him as “a charismatic leader who valued development and unity in the country”.

“His death has come too soon…the country has lost a hero” he said urging the Government to give the late Obwocha a State burial in honour of his work.

Kisii Governor James Ongwae said the community has lost a “great son who had an illustrious career in the public service”.

Interior CS Fred Matinagi also lauded the late Obwocha as an exemplified servant leadership who had selfless devotion to public service.

The late Henry Obwocha once served as Kenya’s Planning and National Development Minister in the Narc Government.

He was also West Mugirango MP from 1992 – 2007. Until his death, the late Henry Obwocha was Chairman of the Privatisation Commission.

“Hon. Obwocha was a great leader who excelled in every aspect of his life. His devotion and passion for the implementation of the Privatization Programme was unwavering even in the midst of resistance that sometimes turned violent.

“He worked diligently, selflessly and with integrity. Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family. We will do our best to ensure that the legacy of Privatization Commission is a fitting tribute to Him,” Jacqueline Muindi, the commission’s acting secretary general said.

Obwocha is said to have attended a funeral in Nyamira where he was taken ill and requested to be driven to Nairobi.

He would be later admitted to a Nairobi hospital where he died on Friday evening.

“We as leaders will stand with his family and provide them with all the necessary support during this time of grief,” Momanyi added.

On Saturday, President Uhuru Kenyatta, his Deputy William Ruto and Opposition leader Raila Odinga mourned the late Obwocha as an exemplary leader.

“He was a distinguished, long-serving public servant, lawmaker and accountant whose service to the nation will be greatly missed,” the President said on Twitter.

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