By Christine Muchira/PSCU
Kwale Senator Juma Boy has died.
The Senator Boy died at the Aga Khan hospital in Nairobi after a short illness and is expected to be laid to rest Monday at his ancestral home in Kwale.
To many Kenyans, he was an eloquent speaker of the Swahili language among the few vocal political leaders from the coast region.
At the Aga Khan hospital, his son Kea Boy Juma described his father as a loving and caring dad who contributed greatly to the development of the country as a politician.
Following his death, President Uhuru Kenyatta sent his message of condolence to the family, relatives and the people of Kwale.
The President described Senator Boy as an astute politician who will be remembered for his immaculate use of Kiswahili that spiced up public meetings and debates in Parliament.
President Kenyatta also paid tribute to the late Kwale Senator for the role he played in advocating for the rights of workers and the growth of the labour movement in the country.
“In this hour of sorrow, I convey my deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to Senator Boy Juma Boy’s family, relatives and the people of Kwale. My thoughts and prayers are with you,” President Kenyatta said.
Senator Boy succeeded his father, Juma Boy, as Matuga MP in 1983 and later retained the seat in the 1988 and 1992 elections. He was elected Kwale Senator in the March 4, 2013 general election.
He served at the Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU) where he championed for the rights of workers during the Moi regime.