Former Kibwezi West Member of Parliament Kalembe Ndile is dead.
Kalembe Ndile, aged 57 years, died at a Nairobi Hospital after struggling with a long illness according to a family member.
His body has been transported to Lee Funeral Home.
Kalembe was born in 1964 in Western Uganda before his family relocated to Kenya 6 years later.
He was elected Kibwezi member of parliament in 2003 before being appointed Assistant Minister for Tourism and Wildlife between 2006 and 2007.
He was also the leader of the independent party (TIP) which he later dissolved. Mtoto wa Squatter”as he liked to refer to himself will be remembered for his oratory and witty conversations.
He is survived by 10 children including six who he had adopted.
Kenyans continue to mourn the death of former Kibwezi MPKalembe Ndile who passed on Sunday morning in a city hospital where he had been battling illness for a long time.
Deputy President William Ruto said that Kalembe Ndile devoted his life to serve the people of Kibwezi.
“He was a master of equal justice who set an incredible example of service to all. He will best be remembered for his modesty, insights, independent voice and fighting for the rights of the underprivileged,” he said.
ODM Leader Raila Odinga led Kenyans in paying tribute to the once vocal politician and director of Tanathi Waterworks saying that he was shocked to learn of his demise and that the people of Kibwezi and country at large have lost a charismatic leader.
“With great shock, I have learnt of the passing of former MP Hon Kalembe Ndile. The people of Kibwezi and our country have lost a charismatic leader with exceptional grassroots mobilization skills who also cared deeply for the underprivileged,” said Raila Odinga.
Machakos Governor Dr Alfred Mutua affirmed that Kalembe was one of Kenya’s top political orators, who was a brave voice of the people.
“Ndile was a brave voice of the people. A self-made leader, he was a darling to audiences & to us all. A huge loss to our region. Kenya has lost a hero,” he said.