National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) Deputy Chairperson Fatma Tabwara on Sunday collapsed and died at her nephew’s wedding ceremony at Kombani in Kwale County.
Tabwara was last month sworn in as the Deputy NCIC Vice Chairperson.
She has served as a commissioner in the Kwale County Public Service Board before serving as special Political advisor in the Kwale County Governors office.
Tabwara battled in the Kwale Women representative seat in 2017 but lost to the incumbent Zuleikha Juma.
She has been vocal in advancing for Women rights, fighting gender based violence, sexual exploitation and abuse among children and encouraging more women into power.
She was pronounced dead upon arrival at the Diani Beach private hospital in Diani where she was rushed for urgent medical attention.
She collapsed at around 10 am Sunday morning when the groom was arriving at the wedding ceremony at Kombani.
“I am shocked by these devastating news, Tabwara was a selfless, dedicated political and community leader in our County,” Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya said.
On her part Kwale Women representative Zuleikha Juma termed Ms Tabwara as a tireless woman who had matters revolving around women and children at her heart.
“It is through such zeal and community service that landed her the Deputy Chairperson post at the NCIC,” said Zuleikha.