President Uhuru Kenyatta, his Deputy William Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga are among leaders mourning the late John Nyagarama.
President Kenyatta described the late Nyagarama as a distinguished and true servant of the people.
“I have learnt with profound shock and sadness of the death of Nyamira Governor, John Nyagarama. My family and I, and the National Government send our deepest condolences and sympathies to the late Governor’s family and Nyamira residents.
“As a nation, death has robbed us of a gifted leader whose primary mission was to transform the lives of the residents of Nyamira through his County Government’s development initiatives,” the President said.
On his part, DP Ruto said the Nyamira county boss was a selfless and formidable champion for devolution who was genuinely dedicated to public service.
“Progressive, steadfast and responsive, Governor Nyagarama was industrious, focussed and firm. He will be remembered as a leader who built a better, more inclusive and more transformed Nyamira,” Dr. Ruto said.
Mr. Odinga also described Nyagarama as an extraordinary partner in strengthening devolution and said he would forever cherish moments with him on duty and as personal friends.
Chairperson of the Council of Governors Wycliffe Oparanya said they not only lost a great leader, but a focused, action-oriented man who served the people of Nyamira with diligence and love.
He mourned Nyagarama as a humble man and a stickler to administrative order.
According to the COG Chair, this was demonstrated during Nyagarama’s first tenure where he served in the Education Committee having been a trained teacher before he became Governor.
“We will also miss his wise counsel in the Agriculture Committee where he was a member who was passionate about Tea farming having been a tea farmer himself and previously served in various Tea production and regulatory institutions,” Oparanya added.
National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi also sent his message of condolence to the family, friends and the people of Nyamira County.
Chief Justice David Maraga said: “Coming from the same village, I have known Hon. Nyagarama for many years. I last shared a platform with him only a month ago when I officiated over the opening of the Borabu Law Courts. The people of Nyamira have lost a great and focused leader.”
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