• "My heartfelt condolences to Embakasi South MP Julius Mawathe on the loss of his mother, Phyllis Mawathe," Muthama said.
• He said Mama Phyllis played a great role in nurturing leaders who exist today including himself during the Kanu era.
Former Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama has mourned the death of Mama Phyllis Mawathe, mother of Embakasi South MP Julius Mawathe.
Muthama sent his condolences to the legislator via his X handle Tuesday evening.
"My heartfelt condolences to Embakasi South MP Julius Mawathe on the loss of his mother, Phyllis Mawathe. May fond memories bring comfort during this difficult time," he said.
Mama Phyllis died over a fortnight ago as detailed in a death announcement made by the MP on his Facebook page on November 19.
"It's with heavy heart that I announce the passing on of my dear mum, Phyllis Mawathe, early this week. It's so heavy to say goodbye to a lovely mother, but I gather the courage to say goodbye. I wish that we had more time together. Please join me in prayers during this trying moment," the MP said.
Muthama revealed that Mama Phyllis nurtured many politicians during late President Daniel Moi's reign, including himself.
"Mama Phyllis having been married to a politician who was a councilor in Starehe during the Kanu era, played a great role in nurturing leaders who exist today including myself. May her soul rest in eternal peace," he said.
Mawathe beat former MP Irshad Sumra of ODM at the 2017 elections but his win was nullified by the Supreme Court on December 21, 2018.
While upholding a ruling of the Appellate Court of July 6, 2018, the apex court held that the results declared were unsupported by any evidence.
Mawathe, however, retained the seat on a Wiper Party ticket by emerging winner of the subsequent by-election held on April 5, 2019.
Official results released by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on April 6, 2019, showed that Mawathe won the parliamentary seat with 21,628 votes against 7,988 votes of his rival Sumra.