Rift Valley:Kikuyu Elders mourn the death of their leader Mzee Gatonye!


The Late Mzee Gatonye Kimani who passed on Thursday at Eldoret Hospital

Kikuyu council of elders North Rift chapter is mourning the death of their chairman, Muthamaki Kimani Gatonye after a short illness.

Gatonye, who was aged 84, died on Thursday at Eldoret Hospital where he was receiving treatment.

He had served as the council chairman for barely three years after taking over from the late Mzee Kamunu wa Kabari following his demise.

Muchiri Ng’ang’a, the council organizing secretary led members of the community in the region in mourning the death of their chairman whom they described as humble and a uniting factor.

Speaking to the media in Eldoret town, Muchiri said that they have lost a visionary and selfless leader who championed the unity of all communities in the region.

“Our chairman was a man of clean heart and championed for the unity of all communities living in the North Rift region irrespective of their political or religious affiliations,” mourned Muchiri.

The council members have consequently halted all activities they had lined up related to the peace process until the council’s chairman Kimani Gatoney is buried.

“All activities carried out by the Kikuyu Council including  ‘magongona ma kurunga micii iitu’have been halted until we lay mzee to rest”Noted Muchiri.

The deceased was father to Beatrice Gatonye, a broadcast journalist at state owned Kenya Broadcasting Corporation.And he ha s passed on barely  one  year after the demise of  his  First wife.

Uasin Gishu Governor Jonathan Bii led political leaders in the region in sending messages of  condolences to the family and friends of the late Gatonye.

Bii said they have lost a great peace negotiator who had helped unify various communities living in the region.

“We are saddened by the untimely death of the chairman of Agikuyu council of elders who worked tirelessly to ensure  peace and unity prevails in the cosmopolitan region,” Said Hon Kimani Wanjohi

Similar  sentiments  have been echoed by nominated mca David Waiganjo.

Mzee Gatonye has been instrumental in helping the  Kikuyu  community  acquire land  in Riftvalley since  1970’s.


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