Kibabii University Vice Chancellor Prof Ipara Odeo has joined residents of Bungoma County in mourning the death of Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati’s mother.
In his press release, the VC regretted the passing away of Mama Selina Nasike Wangamati, sending his condolences to the family, friends and relatives.
“The Kibabii University fraternity are saddened to learn of the demise of Mama Selina Nasike Wangamati, Mother to the Governor, County Government of Bungoma H.E. Wycliffe Wafula Wangamati,” read the memo.
“I wish to express our sympathies to the entire family of Mzee Patrick Wangamati and the people of Bungoma. We send our love and prayers and hope you are able to find strength during this sad moment. MAY HER SOUL REST IN ETERNAL PEACE!”
While making the announcement, Bungoma Deputy Governor Prof Charles Ngome said that Mama Selina Nasike Wangamati, 82, died in her sleep at her Kanduyi home.
“The Office of the Governor regrets to announce the passing on of mother to Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wafula Wangamati. Mama Selina passed on peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday night (February 16, 2021) at her Kanduyi home,” read part of the presser from the Deputy Governor.
According to Prof Ngome, Governor Wangamati and his family have started arrangements for her funeral, which he said would be communicated in due course.
The deceased was the second wife to the governor’s father, Patrick Wangamati, who at one time served as the Webuye Town Council Mayor and former Ford Kenya nominated MP. Wangamati is also the former Chairman of the Luhya Council of Elders.
President Uhuru Kenyatta, Nenate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula were among the political leaders who condoled with the family.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has condoled with the Wangamati family following the death of their matriach, Mama Selina Nasike Wangamati. Mama Selina, 82, is the wife of former nominated MP Patrick Wangamati and mother to Bungoma Governor @GovWWangamati
— State House Kenya (@StateHouseKenya) February 17, 2021
Condolences to my brother Governor Wycliffe Wangamati and his family following the death of their matriarch Mama Selina Nasike Wangamati.
May God give the entire family circle of Mzee Patrick Wangamati strength during this difficult time of grief.
Rest in Peace Mama Selina.
— Rt Hon Kenneth Lusaka (@SpeakerKLusaka) February 17, 2021
My condolences to my Governor Wycliffe Wangamati following the loss of his mother. May the Lord give the family strength at this difficult moment. RIP mum
— Sen.Moses Wetang'ula (@Wetangulam) February 17, 2021