On Thursday, February 11, the family of former cabinet minister Simeon Nyachae held a funeral service for the patriarch at the Maxwell SDA Church in Nairobi.
The service was attended by his family members, government representatives including Interior CS Fred Matiang’i and his health counterpart Mutahi Kagwe, top political leaders including ODM leader Raila Odinga, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka and ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and dignitaries from the private sector.
Nyachae who died on February 1, 2021, aged 89 will be buried at his Nyosia home in Kisii County on Monday.
The deceased was born in Nyaribari, in Kisii County on 6 February 1932 to the then powerful colonial chief, Musa Nyandusi.
President Uhuru Kenyatta, whose message of condolence was read by Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, termed Nyachae as a patriotic leader who stood tall in the service of the country.
“In the passing of Nyachae, we are all deprived of leadership, great passion, determination and energy towards serving the country, he stands tall among all dedicated patriots of this country, his service was characterized by integrity that earned him accolades in three successive governments,” Kenyatta said.
Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga mourned Nyachae as a compassionate person who believed in education and the need for efficiency in the public service.
“There is that human part of him, he liked efficiency having being trained in the colonial system, he helped many Kenyans acquire education,” Odinga said.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i while condoling with the family, said he was among leaders mentored by the late Nyachae.
“He may have retired but he was always in control and in charge of things as he was clear on what he wanted. It may take long to verbalize what Nyachae meant for many people including myself,” Matiang’i said.
The final funeral service for Nyachae will be held at Gusii Stadium in Kisii County and not Nyaturago Stadium as earlier announced.
The family announced the change of venue on Thursday ahead of the burial ceremony slated for Monday, February 15.
Nyachae’s eldest son Charles and family resolved to change the venue from the “small” Nyanturago Stadium in Nyaribari Chache after President Uhuru Kenyatta’s visit at their Kitisuru residence, Nairobi County, on Wednesday.