Former Bungoma South (presently Kanduyi and Bumula) MP Lawrence Sifuna is dead.
Sifuna was first elected to parliament in 1979 and was re-elected in 1983 before losing the seat to former North Eastern Provincial Commissioner Maurice Makhanu in the 1988 General Election.
Sifuna died aged 77 while receiving treatment at an Eldoret hospital after suffering stroke a few days ago.
"Hon. Lawrence Sifuna, former MP Kanduyi and Bumula Constituencies left us last night whilst receiving treatment at an Eldoret Hospital following a stroke he suffered a few days ago. As a Family we are grateful for all the messages of love that we continue to receive. May God Bless you all," Nairobi Senator Edwin Sifuna, who is Lawrence's nephew, said.
In his condolence message, ODM party leader Raila Odinga termed Sifuna as a key figure in the second liberation and a defender of the people.
"Deeply saddened by the passing of Hon. Lawrence Simiyu Sifuna, a former MP, key figure in the second liberation, defender of the people, and a life member of ODM. My condolences to the Sifuna family, Party SG Edwin Sifuna, the people of Kanduyi, and the entire nation," Raila said.
On Sunday, December 3, 2023, the Orange Democratic Movement said Sifuna was their life member.
"We commiserate with the family of our secretary general Edwin Sifuna, friends and relatives following the loss of the Hon. Lawrence Sifuna. Hon. Sifuna was a Life Member of the ODM party. He is a former MP for Bungoma South Constituency (presently Kanduyi) & also Bumula," ODM stated.
Sifuna is famed for being among the left-wing MPs in the 1980s (the seven bearded sisters) who persistently attacked Attorney General Njonjo and the government for policies that undermined Kenyans' rights, alongside Koigi wa Wamwere, James Orengo, Abuya Abuya, Chibule wa Tsuma, Onyango Midika, Mwashengu wa Mwachofi and Philomena Chelangat Mutai.
The death was announced by ODM Director of Communications Philip Etale through a Facebook post.
"The Hon. Lawrence Sifuna, a former Member of Parliament for Bumula and Kanduyi and a member of the Left Wing Members of Parliament in the 1980’s popularly known as “the seven bearded sisters” has rested," Etale said.