Leaders mourn former minister Simeon Nyachae


FILE PHOTO | President Uhuru Kenyatta with former Cabinet Minister Simeon Nyachae during a past function.
FILE PHOTO | President Uhuru Kenyatta with former Cabinet Minister Simeon Nyachae during a past function.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has mourned former Cabinet Minister Simeon Nyachae as an icon of Kenya’s progress through the years.

The President said the late Nyachae’s successful transition from public service to the world of business and politics was a demonstration that focus and hard work pays.

“I am deeply saddened by the passing away of Mzee Simeon Nyachae, a distinguished son of Kenya, a friend and a man whose contribution to the making of the Kenyan nation will remain with us for eternity.

“Throughout his many years of service to the nation, right from his time in the provincial administration through to his transition into business and politics, Mzee Nyachae exhibited exemplary zeal to succeed and as he exits from this world, he leaves behind a rich legacy of success,” President Kenyatta said.

The Head of State regretted the passing away of Nyachae saying death has robbed Kenya of a wise statesman whose long service to the nation helped shape the country’s standing as one of Africa’s most progressive economies.

“I recall with nostalgia my many interactions with Mzee Nyachae over the years. As an elder and friend, Mzee Nyachae always had a word of wisdom and encouragement for me. Many will remember and miss Mzee Nyachae’s warm personality and especially his hearty and infectious laughter,” President Kenyatta recalled.

ODM leader Raila Odinga also expressed his condolences to the family saying the Abagusii community has lost one of its most illustrious sons.

On his part, DP William Ruto described the once fiery politician as a progressive, selfless and steadfast leader who was genuinely passionate about public service, politics and uniting people.

Describing him as a gifted administrator, entrepreneur and politician of large intellect, Dr. Ruto added that:

“Mzee Nyachae was vocal and a tenacious debater whose domination in our country’s political stage will be dearly remembered. He was a passionate, indefatigable and forthright operator whose affable disposition and wit earned him friends and foes alike. He was a philanthropist, who took pleasure in helping the needy in society.”

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