(Matungu MP Justus Murunga displays the cheque books at Matungu CDF Grounds on 3rd December, 2018. PHOTO/SIMIYU WAKAJUANESS)
Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungwa on Tuesday afternoon led MPs in mourning their departed colleague Justus Murunga.
Addressing the Speaker who had allowed special tributes from the law makers, Mr. Ichungwa hailed the immediate former Matungu MP for his dedicated service to his people.
“Mr. Speaker, I can say without fear of contradiction that apart from Benjamini Washiali (Mumias East), there’s no any other MP from the Western Kenya Sugar belt that was so passionate with the resuscitating of Mumias Sugar like did Murunga,” said Ichungwa during the afternoon session.
Ichungwa recalled how the late Murunga would storm his office of the Budget Committee to demand for the inclusion of money to revive Mumias Sugar.
“Being the Chair for Budget Committee, Murungaa would tirelessly visit my office to ask for the inclusion of Mumias funds in the budget and he did that for three years,’ Ichungwa added.
Ichungwa went ahead to remember Murunga as a serviceman who was loved by his constituents due to his dedication to improve their lives.
“I met Hon. Murunga at Indangalasia last month for a Church fundraising with the Deputy President William Ruto and we would feel the love the people of Matungu had for their leader.”
Other speakers also described Murunga as a man who meant well for his people, stating that Murunga’s loss is not only a blow to the people of Matungu but also to the Nation at large.
Murunga died on Saturday night after developing breathing complications while being rushed to a local hospital in the region.
Mr. Athman Wangara, the family spokesperson, dismissed reports that the first-time MP on ANC ticket had died of the Coronavirus, stating that the 60-year old had tested negative to the novel.
“It’s not true that he died of Covid-19. He had tested negative and there’s no way the government would again let him out to endanger other citizens,” the former Corporate Communications Officer at Mumias Sugar told Citizen TV.
The MP had been receiving treatment at the Aga Khan Hospital in Kisumu until last week when he was discharged.
Though a member of the Amani National Congress (ANC), Murunga was a key ally of Deputy President William Ruto and his Tanga Tanga movement, often helping to arrange political meetings in the region.
Murunga’s body was later ferried to Lee Nursing and Funeral Home in Nairobi, awaiting what Mr. Washiali termed as ‘befitting send-off” for a leader of his status.Murunga’s body was later ferried to Lee Nursing and Funeral Home in Nairobi, awaiting what Mr. Washiali termed as ‘befitting send-off” for a leader of his status.)