MPs Push for Jakoyo to Be First Kenyan Immortalised at Parliament Buildings

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    Former Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo
  • Members of Parliament in the National Assembly have asked their employer, the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) to have former Gem MP Jakoyo immortalised by having a facility at Parliament Buildings named after him. 

    The recognition, which would be a first in Kenya's history, is for the outstanding performance of Midiwo, who died of a heart attack on June 14.

    MPs proposed to the PSC to rename one of the committee rooms in the new building to Jakoyo Midiwo Room.

    An ongoing session in parliament
    An ongoing session in parliament

    The building will host offices for the Members of Parliament, conference rooms, and a cafeteria.

    Garissa MP Aden Duale mooted that PSC should recognize outstanding leaders by naming rooms and facilities after them.

    “Let Jakoyo be the first outstanding leader to be named after a facility in this Parliament, we can take Room Seven, cafeteria, or a floor in the new building and name it after the late Midiwo,” said Garissa Township MP Aden Duale.
    The lawmakers also want PSC to extend medical cover to retired MPs so that they can access good healthcare.
    He argued that medical insurance will better benefit legislators when they retire as most cannot afford medical cover.

    The MPs described him as a fearless, astute debater who had no political boundary while interacting with his colleagues in the House. 

    Minority Leader John Mbadi remembered Midiwo as a mentor and friend. He acknowledged the former legislator's contribution to the party as he was always available for party meetings.

    Midiwo was also remembered by Majority Leader Amos Kimunya for always remaining in the house until all matters were discussed.

    MPs and prominent outstanding individuals have been remembered by having roads, and public institutions such as schools and hospitals being named after them.

    Nairobi Deputy Governor Anne Kananu unveiled the Francis Atwoli Road named after the Central Organization for Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary-General on May 27.

    Jakoyo Midiwo
    Jakoyo Midiwo at a press conference in June 9, 2019
    The Standard