Deputy President William Ruto and other political leaders have mourned former Likoni MP Mwalimu Masoud Mwahima, who passed away on Monday evening, 24th August.
According to his family, Mwahima, 78, succumbed to asthma-related complications at around 11pm, at his Vyemani home in Likoni, Mombasa County.
In his condolence message, DP Ruto eulogised Mwahima as a “smart and formidable” politician, who had been a firm defender of his people and participated in matters of national interest.
“Masoud Mwahima served the people of Mombasa, and, in particular, Likoni, with sustained commitment, passion, and integrity. A leader of great humility, Mheshimiwa Mwahima was tireless, fearless and a tenacious debater whose domination in our country’s political scene will be fondly remembered, ” DP Ruto tweeted.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mwahima family, friends, and the people of Mombasa County.”
Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho said Mzee Mwahima was a “pillar of strength and always stood his ground in defence of the people of Likoni and Mombasa, at large.
For his part, Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko said Mwahima would be remembered as a committed champion of people’s rights, especially on land matters during his time as MP, Mayor, and Councillor in Mombasa.
Mwahima was a member of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party and was the Likoni MP from 2007 to 2017.
He served two terms in Parliament before losing the seat to Mishi Mboko in 2017, when he ran on a Jubilee Party ticket.
Mwahima also served as the Shika Adabu councillor, the Mombasa Deputy Mayor, and later as Mayor from 1999 to 2002.
His death comes barely three weeks after another veteran politician and former Changamwe MP, Ramadhan Kajembe, succumbed to Covid-19.