The mother of Jubilee Secretary-General and Cabinet Secretary Raphael Tuju is dead.
Mama Mary Odiyo Tuju ,87, passed away last night while undergoing treatment at a Nairobi hospital.
Following the demise, president Uhuru Kenyatta has condoled with the family and eulogised her as a hard-working community leader and elder who greatly valued and supported education as the foundation of life.
“Mama Mary was a known and highly respected community leader who believed in the virtues and benefits of education. Her belief that education was the foundation of life was the inspiration that led many from her community to pursue education, and become productive members of society,” the President said.
The Head of State described Mama Mary as a strong matriarch who raised a successful family and prayed to God to grant the Tuju family solace and fortitude at this difficult period of mourning.
“We will forever be grateful for the work she has done for our nation and for raising a strong family which has continued to contribute to the socio-economic transformation of our country.
“I pray that God will shed his love and peace in your hearts as you mourn the demise of your beloved mother. I assure you of my prayers and support as you come to terms with the death of your family matriarch,” President Kenyatta comforted the family.