President William Ruto has mourned former Cabinet Minister James Osogo.
Osogo Passed on at the Aga Khan Hospital in Kisumu aged 90 after a series of illness.
The Head of State described Osogo as visionary, uncompromising and an astute thinker whose service to the community was unmatched.
“We honour the great life that he led and the rich memories that he leaves with us. Our prayers to the family and friends during this painful time. Rest In Peace, Hon Osogo,” said Ruto.
Osogo was born in Bunyala District in 1932 and was the first Member of Parliament for Bunyala.
He is one of Kenya’s pioneer Cabinet Ministers having served under founding President Jomo Kenyatta and later President Daniel Moi.
He was first appointed as Assistant Minister for Agriculture in 1964 to 1966, Minister for Information and Broadcasting in 1966 to 1969, Minister for Commerce and Industry 1969 to 1973.
He was also the Minister for Local Government between 1973 to 1974, Minister for Health in 1974 and concurrently as Minister for Foreign Affairs.
In 1978, he was appointed the Deputy Leader of Government Business, Minister for Agriculture in 1979 and Minister for livestock in 1980.