UPDATE 9AM: President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday, February 23, mourned Juja MP Francis Munyua as a progressive, trusted and devoted leader.
Kenyatta stated that Munyua's commitment always reflected the interests of his constituents.
“It is because of the trust and love that the people of Juja had for Hon Waititu that they entrusted him with a second term in a very competitive election despite his illness,” the President stated.
“Throughout his fight with cancer, Hon Waititu led efforts to overcome the disease through awareness creation and support for initiatives aimed at lowering the cost of treatment in the country," he added.
Juja MP Francis Munyua known to many as Wakupee has passed on.
Munyua died on Monday, February 22, while receiving treatment at the MP Shah Hospital in Nairobi.
His death has been confirmed by his family members.
Former Juja MP and Kiambu Governor William Kabogo has since passed a message of condolence to the family of the deceased.
"My sincere heartfelt condolences to the family of my late friend and also my home MP Hon. Munyua “wakapee “ was to see him this afternoon and I felt a bye bye coming from him. I treasure the fond memories of over 30 yrs of our friendship. Fare thee well my friend," reads Kabogo's message on Twitter.
The lawmaker was diagnosed with stage two brain cancer in 2017.
In 2018, the deceased held a press conference and opened up on his ailment. He narrated that he had taken the test after pressure from his mother who at the time was undergoing treatment for the same.
It is at this point that he learnt of his diagnosis.
He stayed in India for seven weeks and returned home in March 2018 after spending Sh8 million. He explained that during his stay in India, he spent at least Ksh1.8 million on accommodation alone.
“Kenyans seeking cancer treatment in India are suffering. They cannot find anywhere to lay down heads and end up sleeping in trenches because they cannot afford to rent the expensive houses there,” he regretted.
In 2016, the MP's 60-year-old sister died after losing the battle to stage 4 liver cancer.
His death came exactly a week after Bonchari MP John Oroo Oyioka passed away. Oroo died on Monday evening, February 15, after a long illness.
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