Veteran politician Mark Mwithaga dies aged 79

Veteran politician Mark Mwithaga dies aged 79


Veteran politician Mark Waruiru Mwithaga has died aged 79.

Mwithaga died shortly after 8pm Monday night at the Nakuru Heart Centre in Nakuru Town shortly after developing heart related complications.

He reportedly became uncomfortable and began vomiting after eating a meal earlier in the day.

A family member told Citizen Digital that his body is currently at the Nakuru War Memorial Hospital.

Mwithaga died barely a week after his only surviving brother was buried in Kirinyaga County.

He made history by being the first person in Kenya to be elected MP while in prison.

He was among top politicians who were in a probe team appointed by the late President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta to probe the mysterious murder of another top politician Josiah Mwangi Kariuki, popularly known as JM in the mid 1970s.

The probe was chaired by a powerful ex cabinet minister, the late Elijah Mwangale.

He was the father of several children including Nakuru Senatorial aspirant Madaraka-Paul Mwithaga, the late Peter Mwithaga and Tony Mwithaga.

Regarding the death, son Madaraka posted the following WhatsApp message:

“Hello Good people. Just wish to inform you that we have just lost our dad Hon Mark Mwithaga. Keep us in your prayers.”

The family will issue a comprehensive press statement on Wednesday.

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