Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka joined other leaders and Kenyans by sending a special tribute following the death of Kitui West MP Francis Nyenze.
Musyoka eulogized Nyenze as a great leader and termed him as his personal family friend.
It is with great shock and sadness that I have learnt of the demise of Hon. Francis Mwanzia Nyenze, the Member of Parliament for Kitui West.
In the departure of Hon. Nyenze, the Wiper Democratic Movement-Kenya fraternity in particular, and Kenyans in general, have lost a great leader
As Leader of Minority in the 11th Parliament, Hon. Nyenze served the country with great commitment and dedication. His non confrontational, gentlemanly mien was a great asset in helping to build bridges among political protagonists.
Additionally, Hon. Nyenze was an outspoken and candid politician who never shied away from articulating his political convictions. In Kitui West where he was immensely popular, he was nicknamed, “Shabiki” (Fan), a term coined from the early years of his political career when he used to mobilize his political supporters particularly the youth using “Shabiki” as his rallying call.
In the passing of Francis, I, too, have personally been dealt a big blow since he was also great family friend.
At this most trying time for Hon. Nyenze’s family and relatives, friends, the Wiper fraternity and the entire nation, I offer my heartfelt condolences to all those who were in one way or another touched by his life.
May God the Almighty give them the fortitude to bear the pain of this great loss.
The former minority leader passed on at The Nairobi Hospital.
He succumbed to colon cancer on Wednesday (6/12/17), a disease he resiliently fought for close to a decade.
The politician who served in former President Moi’s Government as a Cabinet Minister, died at the age of 60.
Nyenze was born on 2nd June 1957 in Kabati, Kitui West and was a graduate of the University of Nairobi (UoN).
The legislator was sworn in to the 13th Parliament with an oxygen tank strapped on his body.
He was a member of Wiper, a party allied with the National Super Alliance (NASA), but caused a storm when he, and former Wiper National Chairman, David Musila supported President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-lection in the August 8 General Election.
In 2001, he served as a Minister for Heritage and Sports having worked as the Minister for environment in 1997 when he was elected as the MP for Kitui West.