Koigi weeps at Mwithaga mass
Former Assistant Minister Koigi Wamwere on Tuesday broke down in tears at the requiem mass of former Nakuru MP Mark Mwithaga whose death he said “came too soon and is just too painful to bear”.
He described Mwithaga as a mentor and legend to many in politics despite being neglected and mistreated by the various regimes he served.
“I am sorry that my brother and mentor has died unrecognised by the governments he so selflessly served. Mwithaga was a prophet who was not celebrated by his own nation,” said Koigi.
Speaking at St Monica’s Catholic Church where family members and hundreds of mourners gathered Koigi thanked Nakuru residents for making history by electing Mwithaga to Parliament while he was in prison.
“I thought I was strong to condole the family, but emotions overcame me because I thought felt Mwithaga’s death was too soon and unforeseen, ” Koigi said after the mass.
He said Mwithaga was a true patriot with a resolve that defied efforts to break him down. “He was required to crush 10 wheelbarrows of stones daily or go to sleep hungry,” he said.
He said as a sign of defiance, Mwithaga last shaved his hair in 1977 while in prison and he vowed never to do it again. Nakuru Deputy Governor Joseph Ruto promised that the county government will facilitate the burial and cover the costs. He will be buried at Nakuru North Cemetery on Friday.