Glowing tributes as national leaders eulogise elder statesman

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 00:00 |
The late former Finance Minister Simeon Nyachae.

Tributes continued flowing in following the death of former Cabinet Minister Simeon Nyachae, as leaders described him as an outstanding man who served the country with dedication and commitment. 

Leaders said that Nyachae had left a legacy of personal success through hard work and personal discipline which propelled him to the pinnacle of the civil service and corporate enterprise. 

Bishop Joseph Obanyi Sagwe, the Kakamega Catholic bishop, described Nyachae as a career public servant, an astute politician, businessman and an outstanding defender of the rights and interests of his Kisii community. 

Bishop Obanyi said he had known Nyachae as a shrewd and principled politician who would not be easily swayed. 

“I knew him as an honest leader who said it as it is without sugar-coating. He fought for the rights and interests of his community and Kenyans in general,” he added. 

Obanyi, who served in various capacities in the Catholic Diocese of Kisii including as Vicar General before his promotion and transfer to Kakamega, said Nyachae’s death was a big blow to his family, community and country at large. 

Former Vice-President Arthur Moody Awori eulogised the departed former Cabinet Minister and Ford-People leader as a gallant civil servant, political leader and businessman.

“He balanced so many careers with ease. We shall miss his contribution to the country. My condolences to the family,” Awori said. 

Lurambi MP Bishop Titus Khamala said Nyachae had contributed immensely to the country’s civil service, political landscape and corporate sector and that he would be missed for years to come. 

Former Cabinet Minister Burudi Nabwera remembered Nyachae as a leader who did not condone mediocrity. 

“He was steadfast, focused and very principled. He always expected the best and never settled for anything less.” 

Separately, leaders from Nyamira regretted Nyachae’s demise, describing him as a symbol of unity for the Abagusii community. 

Led by North Mugirango MP Joash Nyamoko, his Kitutu Masaba counterpart Shadrack Mose and Nyamira County Woman representative Jerusha Momanyi, they lauded Nyachae for protecting the interests of the community  

“As a community, the death of Nyachae  is not only a big political blow to the community but also its unity,” he said.  Reports by Evans Nyakundi, Robert Ochoro, Dennis Lumiti and Roy Lumbe

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