Kanduyi Member of Parliament Wafula Wamunyinyi’s father has died at the age of 87 years old after some illness.
NASA presidential flag bearer Raila Odinga is expected to attend the burial of the late Mzee Mathew Wafula at Tuti Marakaru ward in Kanduyi on Saturday.
The funeral is likely to draw a lot of politics from both NASA and Jubilee county leaders as leaders will use the platform for campaigns.
Speaking to the star in Bungoma town yesterday the Ford Kenya party chairman said that Mzee’s death is a blow to the family who will miss him a lot.
Mzee Mathew leaves behind 2 widows, 26 children, 137 grand children, 110 great grand children.
The late Mzee Mathew Austine Wafula Wamunyinyi was born on 22nd June 1930 as a second born child of the Late Domian Wamunyinyi Misiko (Omukimwei) and the Late Mama Virginia Namikoye (Omuchemwile).
He was a brother to Nicholas, Augustine, Clementine, Priscilah, Stephen, Emerenziana the Late Joseph , the late Zakayo, the late Teresa, the late Bartholomew , the late Demtila and the late Peter.
‘After his retirement he was appointed to serve as a member of the land Control Board, he was also appointed as land Tribunal Court Elder as a Land assessor, said Wamunyinyi..
The MP said that as a teacher and administrator Mzee initiated and contributed to the various development projects in the area besides serving on many boards and committees.
‘My father who has been instrumental in decision making in my political life that i have been an MP here in Kanduyi for the past 20 years is because of my dad,’ he said.
Wamunniyi said that his father lived a healthy and active public life even after losing his sight following an eye operation (to remove cataract) at Kikuyu Hospital.
‘At the beginning of August, 2017 Mzee suffered from urine obstruction which caused generalized body infection as a result of acute urine infection. His condition was made worse by an apparent kidney failure. He was treated at St Domiano Mission Hospital and later transferred to Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital where he was hospitalized until his death on 5th September, 2017 at about mid night,’ he said.
He said that his father taught st Khachonge Primary School from 1949 until 1952 when he was posted to Ebunangwe Primary School in the current Vihiga County.
In 1953 he was transferred to Bungoma as the founding Headmaster of Bungoma D.E.B. Primary School, which later gave birth to the current Bungoma High School.
In 1960 he was appointed Assistant Chief ( Lukongo, North Kanduyi Sub location.
He was later promoted to Senior Assistant Chief the position he held until his retirement in 1984.
Mzee Mathew served as Area Commissioner of Boys Scouts in the Elgon Nyanza and contributed immensely to the development of scouting in the region and more particularly in the current Bungoma County.
Mzee also served as a senior rehabilitation Officer of Dini ya Musambwa Members/followers after it was banned.
Several Bungoma leaders lead by senator Moses Wetangula and governor Wycliffe Wangamati have send their condolences to the family.