President Uhuru Kenyatta Wednesday eulogized the late former minister Henry Obwocha as an inspirational leader who was committed to serving all Kenyans.
Speaking when he joined family, friends and relatives of the late Henry Dickens Onyancha Obwocha for a funeral service at the Holy Family Basilica, Nairobi, President Kenyatta described the former minister as a true son of Kenya, a nationalist who was dedicated to servant leadership.
“Henry was committed to serving this country and he was also a man of honour. If he promised you anything, you didn’t have to think twice, he would deliver it and he would keep his word. These are attributes that are very rare in the political world,” observed President Kenyatta.
The late Obwocha who served the country in various senior government positions was at the time of his death the chairman of the Kenya Privatization Commission.
President Kenyatta challenged all Kenyans to emulate the late Obwocha who at one time served as a Minister for Planning and was also a Member of Parliament for West Mugirango.
The Head of State counselled that it is through the spirit of dedicated leadership that Kenya would be able to transform to a greater, better and happier nation for all to live in.
“Henry is a man we shall all miss and indeed he is a man we should all emulate because of that true spirit of dedicated service,” said President Kenyatta.
The President assured the family of the Government’s support at this difficult time and also pledged to support efforts geared towards completing a health project the late Obwocha had initiated.
Former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka who also spoke at the service described the late Obwocha as a man who cared for the interests of the country more than his own personal considerations.
Mr. Musyoka said the late Obwocha stood for national cohesion and played a key role in the Inter-Party Parliamentary Group (IPPG) which crusaded for reforms in Kenya’s electoral laws in early 1990’s which led to the restoration of full multiparty democracy the country enjoys today.
“As a Minister for Planning he could have planned not to live in one acre which we actually saw in Karen, he could have planned to live in thousands of acres but instead chose to plan Vision 2030 and therefore stood out as an icon of integrity,” said Mr. Musyoka.
Father Simon Ng’ang’a who conducted the funeral service assured President Kenyatta that all Kenyans are in support of him as he fights the vice of corruption in the country.
“We need a new Kenya guided by values and integrity,” said Father Ng’ang’a of Holy family Basilica.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i also spoke at the funeral service attended by Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, several Senators and Members of Parliament.