Kabuchai Member of Parliament James Lusweti has died.
The legislator passed on on Friday morning, December 4 at the Nairobi Hospital where he was receiving treatment.
He has been in and out of hospital in the recent past.
Lusweti’s death was confirmed by Bungoma senator and Ford-Kenya party leader Moses Wetangula on his official Twitter page.
Wetangula mourned Lusweti as a hardworking and loyal leader member of the Ford Kenya party who served people with utmost honesty, commitment and accountability.
“It’s with profound shock and sorrow to learn of the passing on of Hon James Lusweti Mukwe, Kabuchai mp. He will be remembered as a hardworking and loyal member of Ford Kenya party who served his people with utmost honesty, commitment and accountability,” reads Wetangula’s statement.
It's with profound shock and sorrow to learn of the passing on of Hon James Lusweti Mukwe, Kabuchai mp. He willl be remembered as a hardworking & loyal member of Fk party who served his people with utmost honesty, commitment & accountability. RIP kuka.
— Sen.Moses Wetang'ula (@Wetangulam) December 4, 2020
President Uhuru has mourned the departed legislator as a reserved but adept grassroots politician whose community projects had helped uplift many families in Kabuchai and the greater Bungoma County from abject poverty.
“It is unfortunate we have lost a very affective leader, an accomplished grassroots mobiliser whose development conscious politics shall be dearly missed by the people of Kabuchai and the entire nation.
“I remember Hon Mukwe as a man of few words who let his transformative work speak for him,” the President eulogised.
The Head of State added that Lusweti was one of the MPs in whose constituency public funds were properly utilized to deliver services to wananchi.
“The Hon Mukwe will be remembered for the many transformative development projects successfully delivered in Kabuchai Constituency during his time and for the proper utilization of public resources to deliver services,” he said.
Deputy President William Ruto on his side described the late MP as a progressive, selfless and enterprising leader.
“We are saddened by the loss of Honourable James Lusweti Mukwe; a progressive, selfless and enterprising leader who has been instrumental in the unity and transformation of Western region.”
“A faithful force for development and cohesion, Hon. Mukwe was an astute leader and a consummate parliamentarian who will be remembered for his contribution to the Kenyan polity. We will miss his wise counsel, modest personality, firmness and inimitable devotion to public service.”
ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi said, “I am deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Kabuchai MP Hon. James Lusweti Mukwe of FORD -K Party. I pray that God will grant his family strength during this unfortunate time. My most sincere condolences to his family, friends and the people of the larger Bungoma County.”
Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa said, “Deeply saddened to have learnt of the demise of Hon . James Lusweti Mukwe His death is not only a big blow to his family ,relatives and friends but also to the people of Kabuchai constituency and @BungomaCountyKe residents which he served with commitment and dedication.”
The cause of his death is yet to be revealed.
The MP’s body was taken to the Lee Funeral Home.
In May this year, Lusweti was airlifted to Nairobi for specialized treatment after his condition deteriorated.
His death comes few weeks after the death of Matungu MP Justus Murunga.
Murunga died after developing breathing complications while being rushed to a local hospital in the region.