Kenyan politicians have come out in numbers to mourn the late Juja MP, Francis Munyua Waititu, who died on Monday at MP Shah Hospital.
Francis Waititu succumbed to brain cancer yesterday evening while receiving treatment at the MP Shah Hospital. He had been battling the illness since 2018, at some point seeking treatment in India. However, he had received treatment and had been making a steady recovery.
Following his illness, Munyua made a commitment to building a cancer treatment centre in Kiambu County, having also lost his sister to the disease.
Kenyatta, Ruto mourn Waititu
In his message of comfort to the Munyua’s family, President Kenyatta termed him as a progressive and devoted leader.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of condolence to the family, relatives and residents of Juja constituency following the death of their Member of Parliament Francis Munyua Waititu.
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— State House Kenya (@StateHouseKenya) February 23, 2021
Deputy President, William Ruto, termed the Late Waititu as a ‘principled, hardworking and respected leader.
“He was selfless, bold and gifted with an affable personality,” Ruto said, sending his condolences to the family and the residents of Juja.
Francis Munyua Waititu alias "Wakapee" was a principled, hardworking and respected leader who was above party politics. He was selfless, bold and gifted with an affable personality. We will miss his enterprising servant leadership that transformed many lives. pic.twitter.com/nLI2XVrXUZ
— William Samoei Ruto, PhD (@WilliamsRuto) February 23, 2021
Nominated Senator Millicent Omanga also sent out her condolences, terming Waititu as a man with a ‘distinguished personality and a true development-oriented leader.’
My deepest condolences to the family, friends of Hon. Francis Waititu "Wakapee" and the people of Juja Constituency, Kiambu County. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of grief. Hon. Wakapee was a distinguished personality and a true development oriented leader. RIP pic.twitter.com/LBI6VIdd7u
— Millicent Omanga (@MillicentOmanga) February 22, 2021
National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi also mourned the Juja MP with a more detailed account of the MPs impact on legislation.
“In Hon. Waititu, we have lost a progressive lawmaker who was consistent in introducing pieces of legislation geared towards the improvement of the agricultural sector and ease of doing business in Kenya,” Muturi said, sending out his condolences to his family.
It is with great sadness that I have learnt this evening,of the untimely demise of Juja legislator,the Hon. Francis Munyua Waititu after a long illness.
My sympathies go to his family,friends and the people of Juja Constituency whom he represented with great zeal &commitment. pic.twitter.com/kiUyg05Fhm
— Speaker. J.B. Muturi (@SpeakerJBMuturi) February 22, 2021
Meanwhile, former Nominated Senator, Isaac Mwaura, mourned Munyua Waititu as a ‘champion of the poor and downtrodden.’
“You became number 9 in Constituency Development Fund Management in 2017 and the best in Central Kenya despite the vastness of your constituency,” Mwaura went on, “Cancer had finally taken a toll on you. We shall surely miss you…RIP.”
1. My dear friend Hon Francis Munyua Waititu Rest In Peace. A truly humble man from Mwana Mukia in Gïthurai who rose to become a supervisor in Kenya Canners now Delmonte in Thika and later MP Juja twice. Fare thee well son and champion of the poor and downtrodden.￼ pic.twitter.com/Xp77GWxt0r
— Isaac Mwaura CBS MP (@MwauraIsaac1) February 22, 2021
Munyua is among a growing list of high-profile Kenyans who are dying. Recently, the country lost Hosea Mundui Kiplagat, a veteran in politics.
Before that, Kenya had lost Garissa Senator Yusuf Haji, and former political heavyweight Simeone Nyachae, both buried on February 15.