You would always retire to bed hopeful of seeing the sun rise the following morning. Likewise, when you wake up at dawn, it’s always a belief that you will witness dusk. Unfortunately, on Monday, 14th May 2021, Kenya wore a sombre mood with three prominent personalities bowing to death. They saw the sun rise not knowing it was their sunset.
The country first shook upon public announcement of the death of one of the most illustrious sons of the soil, Dr. Christopher J. Kirubi. Kirubi’s death comes when he is aged 80 years. Until his fateful demise, he was the director at Centum Investment Company and also a business conglomerate where he was the largest shareholder. Having joined the manufacturing sector in the 1970s, the late business mogul was recognized as one of Kenya’s first indigenous manufacturers.
Born in 1941, the late Chris Kirubi died in his home in Nairobi after a five-year battle with cancer. In November 2017, he was flown to the U.S for specialized treatment after being diagnosed with colon cancer.
The celebrated entrepreneur has served in different capacities both in the private sector and with governments such as the Government of Ghana. More details on his final send-off will be given by family later on.
Fate wasn’t satisfied after snatching the great businessman. News again broke hearts with announcement of the untimely demise of former Gem member of Parliament Washington Jakoyo Midiwo. Born in July 1966, Midiwo succumbed to a short illness aged 54. He served Gem constituency for three consecutive terms; 2002-2007 on NARC ticket, 2008-2017 on ODM ticket.
Midiwo popularly referred to as Otada, was known to be outspoken, forthright, brave, straight-forward, sanguine and fearless. The cause of death of the accountant turn politician has not been released publicly but is said to have been sick for a while.
Nevertheless, it was a double tragedy for Siaya County. Besides the celebrated politician, Florence Aluodo, who unsuccessfully vied for the county women representative position also passed on. Ms Aluodo is said to have died of covid-19 related complications. She has been described as principled and charismatic.
Florence Aluodo who was a psychologist, championed the girl child education and also promoted mental health education in schools. She raised alarm on mental illness risks that school going children were exposed to as a result of covid-19. She died while receiving treatment at a Nairobi Hospital.
Many leaders from both the political divide and various sectors of the economy have sent their heartfelt condolences to the kith and kin of the deceased. A good number of Kenyans have also moved to express their sorrow and sent their condolences on social media platforms with each giving their versions on the veterans.