ODM party leader Raila Odinga has led Kenyans in mourning former Kibwezi MP Kalembe Ndile.
Ndile died at the Nairobi Hospital aged 57 after struggling with Liver cirrhosis.
“With great shock, I have learnt of the passing of former MP .. The people of Kibwezi and our country have lost a charismatic leader,” Raila said.
“…with exceptional grassroots mobilization skills who also cared deeply for the underprivileged. May He Rest In Eternal Peace.”
Machakos governor Alfred Mutua said he was deeply sad to learn of the passing of one of Kenya’s top political orators “Mtoto wa Squatter”.
“Ndile 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,” he said.
Kalembe Ndile’s son Kioko, confirmed his father’s death.
“My father was admitted at the hospital last week. He died this morning and we are at the same hospital now. We will give more details later,” Kioko said on phone.
It has emerged that the former Tip Tip party leader had a phone conversation with some Machakos journalists last week informing them of his admission at the hospital and possibility of “resting”.