Former Cabinet minister Simeon Nyachae has endorsed the on-going Gusii unity campaigns spearheaded by Senator Chris Obure and urged leaders not to politicise the cohesion efforts.
Speaking during the burial of his first wife Esther Nyaboke, 83, at Nyosia home, the former minister challenged the community leaders to unite to foster the area’s social and economic development. He offered to guide the community politically, saying; “I have retired from politics, but my tongue is not tired. I won’t tire to advise.”
Nyachae challenged leaders to respect and listen to each other’s opinions and shun activities that could antagonise the electorate and threaten the community’s unity and development.
He said he mooted the Gusii unity in 2003 during retired President Kibaki’s regime and in 2013 supported the election of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy William Ruto, urging the community to support the Jubilee administration.
The former minister eulogised his departed wife as supportive and respectful, saying she, together with co-wives Martha and Grace helped him bring up disciplined and responsible children.
President Uhuru Kenyatta, who was represented at the funeral by his sister Christina Pratt, described the late Nyaboke as a humble, selfless, generous and God- fearing person who guided and counselled many to improve their lives, terming her demise is a loss to the community and the nation.
Pratt said the Abagusii and Kikuyu communities have common historical and cultural linkages and challenged Gusii leaders to work with development-minded leaders to enhance the community’s development.
Those who attended the burial included senators Obure, David Musila, Janet Ong’era; governors James Ongwae andJohn Nyagarama and a host of MPs, MCAs, religious leaders and State officials.