A sombre mood has engulfed the Kisumu County Assembly following the deaths of Deputy Clerk Nelco Sagwe and Human Resource Manager Lazarus Obera.
The two senior officials died over the weekend after brief illnesses at the Aga Khan Hospital in Kisumu.
The Assembly Speaker Elisha Oraro confirmed the sad report on Sunday saying Obera died on Saturday while Sagwe lost his life a few hours later.
In a statement, Oraro said that; “In the death of Obera, we have lost a religious servant and a hardworking elder who was a source of inspiration to many and who ably played the role of a counselor and mediator in the Assembly.”
The speaker also grieved with the leadership and members of the Legio Maria Church where the late HR officer served as the Archbishop for the loss of their spiritual leader.
Sagwe was a PhD finalist student at the University of Nairobi and was awaiting his graduation.
He was described as a highly experienced, dedicated and disciplined civil servant.
The late Sagwe was also a mentor to the assembly staff.
In his condolence message, Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o described the duo as dedicated senior workers and both the county government and the Assembly would suffer a major blow following their sudden demise.