Former Cabinet Minister and Kisii political kingpin Simeon Nyachae will be laid to rest at a private ceremony on Monday, February 15 at his Nyosia home in Nyaribari Chache, Kisii county.
His eldest son, Charles Nyachae who made the announcement on Wednesday on behalf of the family and the funeral committee said a funeral service will be held on the same Monday at Nyanturago Stadium in Nyaribari Chache from 9 am.
“For family and friends in Nairobi, service will be held on February 11th at Nairobi Central SDA Church- Maxwell starting at 10 am,” the statement read.
Nyachae, who was a businessman, politician, former Chief Secretary, and ex-head of civil service died at the Nairobi Hospital on Monday, where he had been undergoing treatment after a long illness aged 88 years.
Nyachae was born into a large polygamous family in Nyaribari, Kisii County, on 6 February 1932 to colonial chief Musa Nyandusi.
In 1941, his father enrolled him in the Nyanchwa Seventh-day Adventist School, and in 1947, he joined the Kereri Intermediate School.
Two years later, in 1949, he joined the Kisii Government African School but withdrew in 1953, just a year before he was due to sit for the Ordinary Level School Certificate.
He then took up employment at his father’s chief’s camp as a district clerk.
He later attended Torquay Academy and Churchill College, Cambridge, both in the United Kingdom and at this point Nyachae’s career in the civil service began.
In 1957, he went to study public administration in London and returned to Kenya in 1960.
Upon his return, Nyachae was posted as a District Officer in Kangundo Division and later returned to Churchill College, Cambridge for a diploma course in public administration.
In 1963 he became a District Commissioner.
In 1964, Nyachae went back to provincial administration and began to steadily rise up the ranks within the provincial administration, ending up with a position as a Provincial Commissioner from 1965 to 1979.
He later served as the chief secretary in the Civil Service under the governments of Jomo Kenyatta and Daniel Arap Moi.
Upon his retirement from the civil service, Nyachae was arguably one of the most prominent personalities from Kisii County, he vied and won, a parliamentary seat in 1992.
His election in Nyaribari Chache Constituency was instrumental in his entry into the Moi government as a cabinet minister first for agriculture and later for finance.
In 1999, he resigned from the government and also left the Kenya African National Union (KANU) to join the opposition, Ford–People.
Former President Mwai Kibaki, in 2004 recalled Nyachae to the government as the Minister for Energy and later the Minister for Roads.
Nyachae has left behind four wives and over 20 children.
In April 2018, Nyachae tripped and fell at his home in the Loresho neighbourhood in northwest Nairobi.
He was initially admitted to The Nairobi Hospital for one week but was then airlifted to London when he did not recover as expected.
Nyachae ran a chain of businesses ranging in nature from agriculture, banking, real estate, transportation and manufacturing based in many major cities throughout Kenya.
He died on 1 February 2021 at the age of 88.
President Uhuru Kenyatta mourned Simeon Nyachae as an icon of Kenya’s progress through the years.
“I am deeply saddened by the passing away of Mzee Simeon Nyachae, a distinguished son of Kenya, a friend and a man whose contribution to the making of the Kenyan nation will remain with us for eternity" ~President Uhuru Kenyatta
— State House Kenya (@StateHouseKenya) February 1, 2021