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Coast politicians eulogise former Kinango MP

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[Mourners carry the casket bearing the remains of former Kinango MP Simon Mwero Mkalla. Photo/Elvis Kenga/Sept' 09, 2022].

Former Kinango MP Simeon Mwero Mkalla was laid to rest at his home in Matumbi, Kinango, Kwale county

Mkalla who served as MP from 1997 to 2002 died aged 74.

He is one of the powerful Moi era politicians and served as KANU Chief whip during the 8th parliament.

Mr Mkalla also served as Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) Managing director between July 1994 and January 1996.

He was last in active politics in 2017 when he unsuccessfully vied for Kwale governorship as running mate for ODM’s Dr Issa Chipera running mate. He had vied for governorship in 2013 but lost.

Mkalla also had a stint at the Kenya Sugar Research Board as Chairperson after exiting Parliament.

Family sources said Mr Mkalla has been in and out of hospital fighting diabetes complications for the last two years.

According to his brother Vincent Mwero Mwaega, the former Legislator leaves behind a widow and six children.

Mkalla beat the MP Gonzi Rai in the 1997 general election in the KANU nomination but was later dislodged by his rival.

Rai was replaced by Benjamin Tayari in 2017 but recaptured the seat this year on a Pamoja African Alliance (PAA) ticket.

Several political leaders from Kwale County and elsewhere mourned Mkalla as a hardworking politician, humble and a mentor.

The mourners included Kwale Senator Issa Juma Boy, former Kwale governor Salim Mvurya, former Agriculture Principal secretary Prof Hamadi Boga, former Kinango MP Benjamin Tayari, former KPA Managing director James Mulewa.

[Mourner carrying a portrait of former Kinango MP Simon Mwero Mkalla. Photo/Elvis Kenga/ Sept’ 09, 2022].

The politicians said Mkalla served as their mentor.

President William Ruto sent his condolence through immediate former Kinango MP Benjamin Tayari while senator Boy conveyed condolence from Azimio La Umoja One Kenya leader Raila Odinga.