George Kebaso and Robin Obino @PeopleDailyKe
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto yesterday led Kenyans in condoling the family of former Vice President Kijana Wamalwa’s widow, Yvonne who died at Nanyuki Cottage Hospital while undergoing treatment. Both leaders described her as a diligent Kenyan who served with passion and commitment.
“The passing of Yvonne has robbed us a selfless leader who was a role model in her community and in the nation. Hers was servanthood leadership,” President Uhuru said.
Deputy President Ruto on his Twitter handle, eulogised Yvonne as a dedicated civil servant who exhibited exemplary commitment and devotion to her work during the years she served.
Amani National Coalition (ANC) leader and National Super Alliance (NASA) co-principal, Musalia Mudavadi described the death of Yvonne as a surprise. In his tribute, Musalia said as a leader, Yvonne had purpose in life.
Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed also mourned Yvonne as a reliable diplomat in her role at the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UNHABITAT) and Australia.
Water and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary said Yvonne developed breathing complications and was rushed to hospital where she passed on moments after being admitted yesterday morning.
The CS said his sister-in-law has been ailing for some time and has been in and out hospital. “Our sister-in-law has been feeling quite unwell for several weeks. We transferred her from the Royal Free Hospital in London to continue her treatment at a local hospital.
She has been recuperating at her sister’s place in Nanyuki where sadly, this morning she passed on,” he said. The Foreign Ministry, where she worked as a deputy director in the AustralAsia Directorate, has already constituted a burial arrangement committee with the family set to constitute a similar team today.
Yvonne was thrust into limelight when she married Kijana Wamalwa at a lavish wedding in 2003 before he died shortly after while undergoing treatment in a United Kingdom hospital after a long struggle with leukemia. She will be laid to rest in Kitale once arrangements are complete.