Former Matungu MP Joseph Wamukoya has passed away.
According to the family, Wamukoya died on Monday morning, 3rd May, at his home.
“The MP has been sick for years and today he rested peacefully at our home,” the late MP’s widow, Elizabeth Wamukoya, told The Standard.
“We have lost a decent man who helped shape the history of Matungu,” said the late MP’s widow.”
Wamukoya was first elected MP for Matungu Constituency on a Kenya African National Union (Kanu) party ticket and served for a five-year term between 1997 and 2002. President Daniel arap Moi had appointed him an assistant minister for Lands and Settlement in June 2001.
He lost the seat to David Were of Narc in the 2002 General Elections. Wamukoya unsuccessfully vied for the seat in the 2007 election but lost again to Were.
Before joining politics, he was a lecturer at the University of Nairobi, teaching veterinary services. He also taught at the Michigan State University in the USA. He returned to Kenya after landing a new job as a Director of Veterinary Services.
His death comes barely six months after the death of Justus Murunga, the third legislator of Matungu Constituency.
The Amani National Congress (ANC) party member died while being taken to St Mary’s Hospital in Mumias after collapsing at his rural home in November last year.
Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga mourned Wamukoya as a close friend, who was deeply committed to serving the people of Matungu and Kenya as a nation.
“I wish fortitude to the family of former Matungu MP Joseph Wamukoya, who has passed on. This was a very close friend who was deeply committed to our country and to his people of Matungu. He left an indelible mark as director of Veterinary Services in Kenya,” Raila tweeted.