Kajwang was to query Agriculture CS Wednesday
19 November 2014, 23:00
Nairobi – The Senate’s Standing Committee on Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries has mourned the shocking death of its member and Homa Bay Senator, Otieno Kajwang, terming him an eloquent contributor and vibrant in posing firebrand questions to participants appearing before the committee.
The committee’s chairman who is also the Meru County Senator, Kiraitu Murungi said the passing on of Kajwang’ is a huge blow to the committee particularly his outstanding intelligence, eloquence and commitment to reforms in the Agricultural sector.
“We have received with shock the news of the demise of our colleague and member of this committee, the late Sen. Otieno Kajwang,” said Murungi.
“Just yesterday (Tuesday) we were preparing for today’s meeting with the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, where the committee was to raise issues on the sugar, maize and tea sectors in the country,” he added.
Murungi revealed that Kajwang’ was particularly passionate about the struggling sugar sector and had prepared a raft of questions to the Cabinet Secretary for the Wednesday meeting.
“It is unbelievable that he is not here with us today. This committee already feels a huge gap in our work because of his absence. We stand by his family in this difficult period,” mourned Murungi after the committee’s meeting with the Agriculture CS, Felix Koskey.
Murungi recalled Kajwang’ as a professional colleague in Law during the multipartysm period, interacted as parliamentarians and in the cabinet during the NARC and the grand coalition governments.
Meanwhile, the Senate Deputy Speaker, Kembi Gitura, sent condolences to Kajwang’s family, relatives and friends on behalf of the House where he said the demise of the Homa Bay Senator is a great loss particularly, in embracing the bipartisan spirit of the Senate in charting the way forward in matters of devolution.
“We remember him for his contributions to debates in the House that showed his great passion for change in Kenya. Just yesterday he made an insightful contribution to the National Police Service Amendment Bill where he regretted the slow pace of reforms to the police service,” recalled Gitura.
He expressed regret of losing Kajwang’ but challenged the whole nation to celebrate his great use of talents and charismatic character to bring positive change.
“His life is a testament that each of us has potential to uplift the lives of others. We console ourselves in the words of Sen. Kajwang’s faith “For death is no more than a turning of us over from tome to eternity,” said Gitura.
The National Assembly Speaker, Justin Muturi also mourned Kajwang’ whom he termed a “dedicated servant of the people, a gallant politician and a brave and selfless leader.”
Muturi said he knew Kajwang’ as a fellow student at the University of Nairobi, during his stint at in the Judiciary then in the Parliament “where he was and still remained an astute lawmaker.”
“To the family, friends, the people of Homa Bay and the entire nation, please let us derive joy in the many moments he spent with us even as we mourn him,” said Muturi.
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