Kahawa Wendani Member of County Assembly (MCA), Cyrus Omondi, is dead.
According to Kiambu County Assembly Speaker, Stephen Ndichu, who spoke to K24 Digital on Wednesday evening, Omondi died after suffering a heart attack.
Cyrus Omondi, who was on a trip to India, was found dead in his hotel room Wednesday, Witethie ward representative, Julius Macharia, told K24 Digital.
Macharia alias Taki said Omondi’s death has come as a shock to the Kiambu County Assembly fraternity, given he was of good health at the time of his demise.
“I received news of Omondi’s death via a social media platform that all Kiambu MCAs are on,” said Macharia.
Another MCA from Kiambu County, Simon Kuria Wakarema, who represents Theta Ward, said Omondi was among MCAs in the Education Committee, who attended a workshop in India recently.
“After they broke news of Omondi’s death, all the MCAs in the Education Committee, switched off their cell phones, and none of us (in Kenya) could reach them,” Kuria told K24 Digital.
Kuria said he and his colleagues in the Kiambu County Assembly have since called for an urgent meeting to plan Omondi’s funeral.
Cyrus Omondi was elected as Kahawa Wendani MCA in the August 8, 2017 general election after two previous failed attempts.
On the past two occasions, Omondi, who hails from Siaya County, ran for the MCA seat on an ODM ticket, a political outfit that proved too hard to sell in what was perceived as a Jubilee heartland due to the high population of members of the Kikuyu ethnic group.
“They often told me that I was a good leader, but the party that sponsored my candidature wasn’t popular in Kiambu County. That was why I shifted camps to Jubilee [ahead of the August 8, 2017 general election],” Omondi told NTV in an interview aired on April 26, 2017.
Omondi trounced his competitors in the Jubilee Party primaries held on April 21, 2017, and went ahead to emerge victorious in the general election nearly four months later.
“I am the first candidate of Luo descent to be elected as a leader in Kiambu County,” he said.
Omondi observed that his close interaction with the constituents of Kahawa Wendani endeared him to the electorate.
“I have been in charge of community policing in Kahawa Wendani, and that is why I decided to run for MCA seat in this ward. I joined politics to serve the interests of the young people,” he told NTV on April 26, 2017.
The ward rep revealed that he moved to Kahawa Wendani in 1994 after the death of his father.
His mother, he said, sold fish to Kahawa Wendani residents for at least 20 years.
Voters who elected him in 2017, said they believed Omondi would solve their poor road network problems, unemployment among the youth, among other issues.
“He blends so well with everyone across the political and tribal divides,” a Kahawa Wendani voter told NTV on April 26, 2017.
“This is our son who has always taken care of everybody regardless their age,” said another resident.
After winning the party primaries on April 21, 2017, Omondi said empowering the youth would be his key agenda should he proceed to clinch the MCA seat, which he did.