david mwenje has passed away

Former Embakasi MP David K. Mwenje passed away on Thursday evening at Nariobi’s Aga Khan Hospital. Mwenje was admitted to the hospital on January 16 before passing into a coma shortly thereafter.

Mwenje was a fiery and sometimes abrasive politician who knew how to mobilise the crowds at the grassroots. The long time Embakasi MP, though not a particularly clean character, had over the years cultivated the image of being a man of the people which lent him an almost cult like following in his Embakasi constituency. He held the same seat since the eighties before losing out to the late Melitus Were in the 2007 general election.

The late MP will be remembered by his Embakasi supporters for having passionately fought for equitable land allocation in the area against well connected Moi cronies. Unfortunately, he will also be remembered for having been involved with the much feared, murderous gang by the name of Kamjesh that terrorised Nairobi residents for some time in the past and for his infamous fight in parliament with Mbita MP Otieno Kajwang’ that resulted in Kajwang’ biting him in the back.

Mwenje was buried at his home in Murang’a district in a ceremony attended by among others, Martha Karua, the minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs. He was 55.

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4 thoughts on “david mwenje has passed away

  1. Leaves an interesting legacy, Mr. Mwenje does. I suppose it takes a pretty special character to attract bites from Otieno Kajwang’.

  2. I think despite Mwenje’s association with the gang, he truly fought for his people and uplifted lives of many in Embakasi. We will miss not only his war on land-grabbers but his parliamentary contributions too

  3. It’s sad to lose Hon. Mwenje. This is a man who believed that a new constitution ‘COULD NOT ADD ANY MORE SUFURIAS OF UGALI TO THE POOR MAJORITY THAT HE REPRESENTED’
    He believed in the power of the tribe, a sycophant of the sitting president and a strong opposer of the crucial changes that were aimed at improving the livelihoods of the poor (like the delivery of the Bomas draft Constitution).
    He built several toilets for the poor in town, made a lot of noise in parliament (that characterise a working Kenyan MP), and was occassionally blamed for hanging out with “Cindereras” on Koinange Street.
    He was a great man, a man of the people!

  4. Corruption is very visible in Kenya.

    Kenya’s leadership though labile, embracing tribalism, nepotism and related vices needs men of morarity like John Githongo. I’d be happy to see a mellifluous surgery to the deeply rooted corruption in Kenya. I’d be happy, for example to get my passport without a bribe! I am often ashamed of global rankings by TI and World Bank that have lucidly shown that we belong to the most corrupt. Funny enough, we are the poorest, smitten with abject poverty. God forbid!! Nyambati Aori, FL USA.

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