Posted May 30, 2021 1:18 pm by

NAIROBI, Kenya May 30 – Leaders have mourned former Kibwezi MP Kalembe Ndile, who died on Saturday night, as a charismatic leader who was a “man of the people”.

The former Assistant Minister for Tourism and Wildlife died on Saturday night after a long illness which the family said was related to liver complications. He was 57.

President Uhuru Kenyatta mourned Ndile as a witty, determined and practical politician whose rise in life was as a result of sheer handwork.

“It is unfortunate that death has taken from us Ndile in his prime. He was a lively politician who loved and worked with everyone, and always held the interests of the country at heart,” he said.

The Head of State recalled his interactions with the witty politician over the years noting Ndile excelled as a fighter for human rights especially the right to access land.

“Our country has lost an astute fighter for human rights. We all remember how passionately he fought for the plight of squatters in the country,” he said.

Deputy President William Ruto in his condolence message mourned Ndile as a devoted leader who “set an incredible example of service to all”.

“He will best be remembered for his modesty, insights, independent voice and fighting for the rights of the underprivileged,” he tweeted.

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga mourned Ndile as a charismatic leader who always has the best interest at heart for his constituents.

“The people of Kibwezi and our country have lost a charismatic leader with exceptional grassroots mobilization skills who also cared deeply for the underprivileged,” he said.