Kenyans united in grief as Kwale senator set to be laid to rest today in Kwale

Kwale Senator, Boy Juma Boy burial plans finalised.

 

The charismatic and eloquent first time senator passed away on Sunday after a short illness at Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi.

His body was transported to the South Coast on Sunday night for burial according to Muslim rituals.

Leaders across the political divide send their condolences to the late senator's family.

President Uhuru Kenyatta described the late senator as an astute politician who will be remembered for his immaculate use of Kiswahili and advocating for the rights of workers.

“In this hour of sorrow, I convey my deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to [his] family and the people of Kwale. My thoughts and prayers are with you,” Uhuru in a statement.

Opposition chief, Raila mourned the passing of  boy juma boy and described him as a visionary leader and a gifted orator whose untimely passing will "no doubt be felt across the nation."

"Boy was not only a steadfast pillar in our party at the Coast but a committed and reliable champion for the rights of the downtrodden," he said.

Mombasa Governor and ODM deputy party leader said Boy was a great leader and was always in the forefront in the fight for the rights of his people.

"It is with profound sadness that we mourn the demise of my brother and close friend," he wrote on Twitter.

Boy was elected as Matuga MP in 1983 after he succeeded his father, the late Juma Boy senior.

He retained the Matuga seat in the 1988 and 1992 elections but lost in 1997 and 2002 and did not vie in 2007. He once served as Kanu Chief Whip.

Boy was elected Kwale Senator in March 4, 2013 general election, after garnering 60,886 votes against Chirau Mwakwere's 41,753.

Boy Juma Boy was born in 1959, he was named after his grandfather whose name was Boy Mwandeyi. His father was Juma Boy Mwandeyi. He was the first son of  Juma hence the name  Boy Juma Boy.

He was the secretary general of the Central Organization of Trade Unionists (COTU). He was one of the most powerful trade unionists under the regimes of both president Jomo Kenyatta and Daniel Moi.

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