President Uhuru Kenyatta led Kenyans in paying tribute to departed former minister Simeon Nyachae at a funeral service held in his honor in Nairobi.
The requiem mass at the St Maxwell SDA church was well attended by family, friends’ politicians, and public servants, with a good number of those who worked with him while still in active service in attendance.
One speaker after another remembered Nyachae as a statesman who made a huge contribution to the country.
In a message read on his behalf by Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, President Kenyatta the head of state described Mzee Nyachae as a great son of Kenya whose immeasurable contributions to the nation spanned many decades and inspired millions of Kenyans
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“In the passing of Hon Nyachae, we are all deprived of his leadership, great passion, determination and energy towards serving our country.” The President said
The head of state noted that even in death, Mzee Nyachae stands tall among the patriots of this country.
“His service to Kenya was characterized by utmost integrity rare zeal and commitment to duty and passionate candor that earned him accolades in three successive administrations.” Kenyatta said in his tribute.
Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga remembered long-serving career civil servant as a man who was very compassionate. He said having trained in the colonial culture, Nyachae liked efficiency. Raila further praised Nyachae for helping many Kenyans who needed his support.
“He helped so many Kenyans to acquire education. When you go to the United States you will find villages built by Kenyans who are beneficiaries of Simon’s generosity. He sent many to India, to China and to all over the world.” Raila remarked of Nyachae’s contribution to the country.
His sentiments resonated well with those of former vice president Kalonzo Musyoka who described Nyachae as a tremendous human being. He said the former minister was a very strong personality who had no time for things he did not consider professional.
The Wiper party leader hailed Nyachae’s leadership disclosing that those who served with him in various capacities had a lot to learn from him.
“We would take time to listen to Mzee Nyachae in Cabinet. It was so clear that although he was the minister of Agriculture, he had that all-round experience. President Moi always looked up to him,” Kalonzo said
On his part ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi described Nyachae as a very thorough man who stood for merit. Unlike many in politics, Musalia said Mzee Nyachae did not believe in short cuts.
“When he was Chief Secretary and Head of Civil Service, Cabinet Ministers used to address him as Sir, since he carried a lot of dignity with him. This was him. As a politician I had many encounters with him. He was a man who loved his culture, his family and friends.” Mudavadi recollected
While reading the eulogy of Mzee Nyachae, Former MP and Cabinet Minister David Musila termed departed leader as a friend a mentor and a role model. He said Nyachae was a man of many firsts.
Nyachae’s son Moses lauded the influence of the former minister on his life and that of his siblings.
“From the moment each one of us started school, your message was consistently clear, if we fail to take our education seriously, the consequences would be dire.” Moses said in his tribute to his father.
Nyachae will be laid to rest in his home in Nyaribari Chache, Kisii county.