Former Kwale County Women Representative, Zainab Chidzuga has passed on.
According to the family, Chidzuga passed away on Thursday, August 12 at a Nairobi Hospital where she was under treatment.
Chidzuga who served as Kwale Woman Rep between 2013 and 2017 is the mother of journalist and news anchor Mwanaisha Chidzuga.
In his message of condolence President Uhuru Kenyatta said Zainab was an ardent supporter of the Jubilee administration and a former long serving official of Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organization (MYWO).
The President also eulogised the late Woman Rep as a steadfast leader and astute grassroots mobilizer who helped uplift the welfare of women in Kwale County and across the country through her many initiatives.
"I have received the sad news of the passing away of Hon Zainab Chidzuga with a heavy heart. The ugly hand of death has robbed our country of a highly influential grassroots mobiliser and leader who was a role model to many women.
"Mama Zainab Chidzuga was a passionate advocate of women empowerment whose many achievements as an activist, legislator and mentor will continue shaping the gender agenda in our country for generations," the President mourned.
Joining President Uhuru in mourning Zainab Chidzuga, Deputy President William Ruto remembered the late Kwale Woma Rep as a selfless leader who served her constituents with passion.
"We have lost a selfless and visionary leader who served the people of Kwale with dedication. Mheshimiwa Zainab Chidzuga was progressive, steadfast and focussed. We will remember her as a champion of women empowerment," the DP mourned.
ODM Secretary General Edwin Sufuna also mourned Zainab, stating: "My condolences to the family and friends of mama Zainab Chidzuga, former Kwale County Woman Representative. Poleni sana. Innalillahi waina ilayhi rajiun."