*Former Assistant Minister and North Mugirango/Borabu MP Hon Alfayo Nyarangi Moturi is dead.
The veteran politician, popularly known as “Esirori Nyamaguta” or Giraffe, died on Wednesday morning as he was being rushed to a hospital in Nairobi.
Moturi was a loyalist to former President Daniel arap Moi. During his one term tenure he served as assistant minister for Energy and managed to get electricity to many parts in North Mugirango including his ancestral home of Bomwagamo-Mabariri
Details on his death remain scanty. The former Assistant Minister was first elected through the infamous 1988 mlolongo elections when he defeated the imcumbent Hon Atebe Marita. He ran a super grassroots campaign that saw him triump against Atebe who was more oiled. During the 1988 campaign one if his campaigners one Onyancha who came from Hon Atebe’s area of Obwari was allegedly killed for supporting Hon Nyarangi.
At the advent of multi-party politics, Moturi was a chief campaigner for Moi in Nyamira.
His attempt to capture a Senate seat in the 2013 elections failed.
Hon Moturi is the founder of Chama Cha Mwananchi, which he formed months before the 2013 election.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission split the North Mugirango/ Borabu constituency into North Mugirango and Borabu in 2012.
Until his death, Moturi was running his businesses in Amakara, Borabu, and Nairobi.
Nyamira governor John Nyagarama has sent a message of condolences to the family of the former MP.
In a statement, he eulogised Moturi as a true champion of development and a crusader of the decentralised system of government.
“On behalf of the county government of Nyamira and my family, I wish to convey my sincere condolences to the entire family, friends and relatives. I pray the Almighty God takes control during this difficult time,” Nyagarama said.
He said Moturi’s great contribution to development and leadership will be greatly missed.
Nyamira woman representative Jerusha Momanyi also sent a message of condolences to his family.
“We have lost a great leader in the North Mugirango and Nyamira as a whole. It is so painful but we have to bare it, ” she said