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SAD News:Former Minister Dies- Uhuru Issues statement

Former Minister for Commerce and Industry Eliud Timothy Mwamunga is dead. 

Mr Mwamunga,83, died on Saturday in a Mombasa hospital where he was undergoing medical treatment.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta,in a statement, mourned Mr Mwamunga describing him as ” an astute politician who greatly contributed to the growth of a modern Kenya. ”

The wealthy landowner served as Voi legislator for 20 consecutive years between 1969 and 1988 during the one-party system.

The late former Voi MP Eliud Timothy Mwamunga. /Photo Courtesy

Over the period, he served in both founding father Mzee Jomo Kenyatta’s and his successor Daniel Moi’s cabinets.

He held the Water Development and Commerce and Industry dockets under Kenyatta and the Information and Broadcasting docket under Moi.

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“In 1969, at the age of 34, the late Mwamunga contested and won the Voi parliamentary seat. In his first term in Parliament, Mwamunga initiated numerous development projects, made useful connections with agriculturalists, wildlife conservationists and mineral prospectors who exploited natural resources for the benefit of the country” expressed the President.

The statement acknowledged that it was during Mwamunga’s time as the minister for commerce and industry that Kenya hosted the 4th session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

“This was the first time an international conference of its kind was being held in the African continent,” Uhuru affirmed.

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Uhuru further expressed that he prays that God gives comfort to his family, relatives, friends and the people of the larger Taita Taveta County.

The Head of State expressed that the political leader will greatly be missed calling on the regional leaders to honour him by emulating his extraordinary leadership skills.


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