President Uhuru Kenyatta has mourned former Cabinet Minister Simeon Nyachae who died on Monday as an icon of Kenya’s progress.
In a message of comfort to the family of the independence-era provincial administrator, President Kenyatta said that the late Nyachae’s successful transition from public service to the world of business and politics was a demonstration that focus and hard work pays.
“I am deeply saddened by the passing away of Mzee Simeon Nyachae, a distinguished son of Kenya, a friend, and a man whose contribution to the making of the Kenyan nation will remain with us for eternity.
“I recall with nostalgia my many interactions with Mzee Nyachae over the years. As an elder and friend, Mzee Nyachae always had a word of wisdom and encouragement for me. Many will remember and miss Mzee Nyachae’s warm personality and especially his hearty and infectious laughter,” said the Head of State.
He said that this death has robbed Kenya of a wise statesman whose long service to the nation helped shape the country’s standing as one of Africa’s most progressive economies.
Deputy President (DP) William Ruto also mourned the former Cabinet minister, saying Nyachae was a progressive, selfless and steadfast leader who was genuinely passionate about public service, politics and uniting people in a common cause.
“A gifted administrator, entrepreneur, and politician of large intellect, Mzee Nyachae was vocal and a tenacious debater whose domination in our country’s political stage will be dearly remembered,” said DP Ruto.
Orange Democratic Movement leader, Raila Odinga, also condoled Nyachae’s family, saying that the community has lost an illustrious son.
“The Abagusii community has lost one of its most illustrious sons,” said Raila.