By John Ombega in Kisii County
The family of first Bonchari MP, Protus Kebati Momanyi, who also served as a Cabinet minister in Daniel Moi’s administration, is pleading with well-wishers to fundraise so that Ksh1.5 million medical bill accrued at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) during Momanyi’s treatment can be offset.
The former legislator’s family is also seeking to grant Momanyi a decent send-off.
Momanyi succumbed to diabetes at the KNH on Saturday, July 4.
John Momanyi, the funeral committee chairperson, told K24 Digital that the former Cabinet minister, 82, exhausted his finances in 2019 on his son’s treatment.
John says that the ex-lawmaker’s family also spent a lot of money on Momanyi’s diabetes treatment.
“I am urging well-wishers from Gusii area, MPs as well as the National and County governments to help us raise money for his funeral,” said John.
The Late Momanyi was the first accredited engineer from Kisii region. He was also the first native of Kisii to join the University of Nairobi.
He unsuccessfully ran for South Mugirango parliamentary seat in 1969 and 1979.
In 1988, he vied for the newly-created Bonchari Constituency MP seat, which he won.
During his time in elective politics, Momanyi was appointed by the Late President Daniel Moi as the Minister for Tourism and Wildlife. He also served as an assistant minister in two different portfolios.
After being trounced in subsequent elections, Momanyi retreated to the village, where he led a quiet life as a commercial farmer until the time of his death.