NAIROBI – Former Kibwezi West MP Kalembe Ndile died Sunday May 30 at the Nairobi Hospital.
His family said Ndile 57, died from liver-related complications.
President Uhuru Kenyatta mourned Ndile as a witty, determined and practical politician whose rise in life was as a result of sheer hard work.
“It is unfortunate that death has taken from us the Hon Kalembe Ndile in his prime. He was a lively politician who loved and worked with everyone, and always held the interests of the country at heart,” said President Kenyatta.
The head of State said the former Kibwezi MP excelled as a fighter for human rights, especially the right to access land.
“With the death of Mheshimiwa Kalembe, our country has lost an astute fighter for human rights. We all remember how passionately he fought [to relieve] the plight of squatters in the country.”
Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga said the the Country had lost a charismatic leader with exceptional grassroots mobilization skills who also cared deeply for the underprivileged.
Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua described Ndile as “one of Kenya’s top political orators”.
He said the politician, whom he also referred to as “Mtoto wa Squatter (child of a squatter)”, was a brave voice of the people.
“A self-made leader, he was a darling to audiences and to us all. A huge loss to our region. Kenya has lost a hero.”
Kalembe served as an Assistant Minister in the administration of former President Mwai Kibaki and will be remembered for his fiery yet humorous statements and attacks on fellow politicians.
His last public statement was a month ago when he addressed a press conference on various local political issues.