Former MP dies after short illness

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Former Rongai MP Willy Komen dies at 77-years-old after short illness

Former Rongai Member of Parliament Willy Komen died in Nakuru County on Saturday following a short illness.

Confirming the news, his son, who is the Nakuru Tourism CEC, Raymond Komen told reporters that the 77-year-old had been in and out of hospital over the last few years.

"My father passed on Saturday after a short illness.

"He has been on and off, at times well and other times unwell, it was just a short illness," he explained without specifying the ailment.

William "Willy" Komen's career in politics

The late Komen joined politics in 1969 at age 24 when he was first elected the MP of the then Nakuru West (now Njoro, Molo, Kuresoi South and Kuresoi North).

He did not succeed in defending his seat during the 1974 election but in 1975 he won a by-election for the Nakuru Town seat after the then MP Mark Mwithaga was jailed.

He would lose the 1979 election once more but he made a come back to Parliament in 1992 when he won the Rongai seat.

The veteran faded into the background after losing the 1997 election and lived a quiet life in his Menengai Farm in the same constituency he represented.

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