Former Nairobi County Speaker, Ole Magelo, dies, leaders pay tribute


Alex Ole Magelo, the former Speaker of the Nairobi County Assembly and one-time AFC Leopards club chairman, is dead.

Kajiado governor, Joseph Ole Lenku, broke the news of Ole Magelo’s demise early Saturday morning.

Warrior of the Maa community

“It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of one of our greatest sons and warriors of our community,” Lenku said, “The late Ole Magelo died at Nairobi Hospital, where he had been for some weeks now.”

Ole Magelo’s death comes just a few days after rumours circulated on social media of his supposed death. However, Magelo’s family was forced to deny the rumours. They confirmed that he was in ICU but was well.

However, what was ailing Magelo had not been released to the public, though his wife, Lucy Magelo, confirmed he had been in hospital for two weeks.

Tributes to Ole Magelo

According to Nairobi Woman Representative Esther Passaris, Magelo died on Friday, 7th May, at 10:10 PM.

“Godfather, gone too soon…I am sorry it took you up. Nothing could bring you down… Till we meet again, Rest in Peace, Godfather,” Esther Passaris said in her condolence message.

Former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, described him as a ‘strong and fearless leader’.

“Kenya has lost a patriot, a football enthusiast and an official,” read part of Odinga’s statement.

President Kenyatta also sent out a message of comfort to Ole Magelo’s family, terming him a ‘gentleman and a sports enthusiast’, and commended him for mentoring many young people.

From football to County Assembly

Before joining politics, Ole Magelo was the chairman of the eminent Kenyan football club, AFC Leopards, when it rejoined the Kenya topflight in 2009. Soon after leaving Leopards, he joined politics, where he served as the Nairobi County Assembly Speaker from 2013 – 2017.

He ran for the post again in 2020. However, he withdrew from the race to succeed the new Nairobi County Assembly Speaker, Beatrice Elachi, who was facing impeachment. Instead, he threw his weight behind the current Speaker, Benson Mutura.

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