Member of Nakuru County Assembly for London Ward Samuel Karanja Mbugua has died.
In a statement on Thursday morning, November 19, Nakuru Assembly Speaker Joel Kairu confirmed that Mbugua died of suspected Covid-19 complications on Wednesday night, November 18 while undergoing treatment at the Nakuru War Memorial Hospital.
“The grim reaper has once again robbed Nakuru another of its committed and hardworking ward representatives. It is a sad day. On behalf of the assembly, I wish to send our message of condolences to his family and the people of London Ward,” said Kairu.
The speaker further mourned the late MCA as a selfless, committed and active member of the county assembly.
Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui also mourned the late Mbugua stating that he was a dedicated, selfless leader who served his people with passion.
“We are deeply saddened by the passing on of Mr Mbugua. The MCA had a unique responsibility of representing a highly multi-ethnic ward, which gave him a broader and more balanced political approach. He was an honest and hardworking leader who displayed a great zeal in resolving his constituents’ problems,” Governor Kinyanjui stated.
The governor added that the sheng-speaking MCA was an easy going, likeable leader who had no time for petty disagreements.
“Nakuru has lost a peacemaker par excellence. At this difficult moment of sorrow, our hearts and prayers go to his family, friends and constituents,” the governor added.
According to the Nation, the MCA drove himself to Nakuru War Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, November 17 where he was diagnosed with liver and pancreas failure before he later developed breathing complications.
“He had earlier sought treatment at a Nakuru private hospital before he visited the War Memorial Hospital,” a source the Nation.
Mbugua’s death comes barely a week after his Hell’s Gate counterpart passed on due to Covid-19 complications.
The late Ward Rep was the vice chairman of the Energy, Environment and Natural Resources committee and a member of the Lands, Housing and Physical Planning, Health Services and Labour and Social Welfare Planning committees.