Monday, May 4, 2009

Kenya MP dies after illness

By JOHN NGIRACHU

A Kenyan Member of Parliament has died at a Nairobi hospital.

Mr Charles Lugano Lilechi of Shinyalu constituency in western Kenya died early Monday morning at the Nairobi Hospital. He was undergoing treatment.

The first time MP, 59, belonged to the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) wing of the coalition government.

His body has been removed to the Lee Funeral Home in Nairobi.

Prime Minister Raila Odinga has said in a condolence message to the family of the deceased MP his death “is a big blow to the ODM party, which has lost one of their own at a time when we are struggling for reforms to transform this country.”

“The country has lost an intellectual and a dedicated individual who believed in change for development and worked very hard to realise success in all he undertook.

“I wish the family, relatives and friends peace and calm at this time of mourning. I assure them that we share the distress at this difficult time and pray to God to give them courage to bear the loss,” said Mr Odinga.

Mr Lugano was also described as a prominent businessman who had promoted musicians from his constituency and helped in educating the disadvantaged.

“He will be remembered by most of us for his contributions as an informed legislator in the August House and his zeal as a prominent businessman,” said the statement from the PM’s office.

He was a member of the Constituency Development Fund Committee in Parliament. 

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