Former State House Comptroller Lawrence Lenayapa is dead

Lenayapa died Thursday morning after a short illness, his family says.

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  • President  William Ruto in his condolence message described him as ad dedicated civil servant.
FormerState House Comptroller Lawrence Lenayapa.
FormerState House Comptroller Lawrence Lenayapa.

Former State House Comptroller and Ambassador of Kenya to the Netherlands, Lawrence Lenayapa is dead.

Lenayapa died Thursday morning.

President  William Ruto in his condolence message described him as a dedicated civil servant.

"My heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Ambassador Lawrence Lenayapa who has passed away. The country has lost a dedicated public servant," Ruto said in a message on his X platform.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and their loved ones at this time. Rest In Peace, Lawrence."

Former CS Ukur Yattani also  mourned Lenayapa.

"My condolences to the family of Amb Lawrence Lenayapa following his passing this morning. May Almighty God rest his soul in eternal peace and give solace to the family," Yattani said.

The cause of his death is yet to be known.

Lenayapa served as the comptroller from 2013 to 2018 when he was appointed by former President Uhuru Kenyatta upon assuming power.

He was later deployed to the Netherlands in 2018 as the ambassador.

He was also formerly the Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources.

In his role as the comptroller, Lenayapa had intended to prioritise his focus on Kenya’s developmental agenda that was guided by Uhuru.

The Agenda, commonly known as the Big Four Agenda, focused on moving Kenya forward in the areas of Manufacturing, Universal Healthcare, Housing and Food security.

In the Netherlands, he also held the role of Permanent Representative of Kenya to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and led Kenya's delegation to various other international organizations in the country.

While at State House, his role as the comptroller included managing the finances and the operations within the House on the Hill, including managing the financial matters.

He also oversaw the execution of various functions within the House, including transportation, security, communication, catering, and general administration.

The career civil servant has worked as a District Commissioner in Baringo and Kiambu and notably made headlines in 2020 when he wrote a letter to the International Criminal Court (ICC) opposing the candidates list proposed by the court for the prosecutor position.

Lenayapa led a largely quiet life preferring to keep his private life out of the public eye.

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