Bonchari MP John Oroo Oyioka has passed away.
The lawmaker died today, Monday, 15th February, at the Aga Khan Hospital in Kisumu, his family has confirmed.
Oyioka was first elected to Parliament in the 2013 General Election on a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) ticket.
His death came just hours after the burials of former Cabinet Simeon Nyachae and Garissa Senator Mohamed Yusuf Haji, who also died this morning.
Nyachae, who died on 1st February, 2021, was laid to rest in a private ceremony at his Nyosia Village in Kisii Central.
Oyioka becomes the third politician to die in the Kisii region after former Nyamira Governor John Obiero Nyagarama and Nyachae.
Political leaders, including National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi, Kisii Governor James Ongwae, former Council of Governors chair Wycliffe Oparanya, and Nairobi Woman Representative Esther Passaris, were among the first people to send their condolence messages.
Speaker Muturi said that Oyioka would be remembered for his advocacy to improve the quality of education.
“It is sadly another dark moment for us as the parliamentary fraternity. Very sad to learn this evening that we have lost the MP for Bonchari, Hon John Oroo Oyioka. My heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the distinguished lawmaker,” Muturi tweeted.
“Hon Oyioka, who was serving his second term, was an active member of the Departmental Committee on Education, Research and Technology. He will be remembered for his advocacy towards improved quality of education in the country. May his soul rest in eternal peace!”