Gusii leaders have mourned the sudden demise of Former minister for Planning and National Development in Kibaki’s government and former West Mugirango MP Hon. Henry Onyancha Obwocha.
Hon. Onyancha collapsed at his home on Friday night and was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Kisii County Governor James Ongwae described Onyancha as a great son who had an illustrious career in the public service.
“I have learnt with sadness news of the untimely passing of former Cabinet Minister Hon. Henry Obwocha. Gusii has lost a great son who had an illustrious career in the public service. On behalf of the Kisii County Government, I wish to extend sincere condolences to his family, the people of West Mugirango and Nyamira County.” Mourned Ongwae.
Kisii Deputy Governor Joash Maangi termed Onyancha as a man of distinction.
“Hon. Obwocha, a former Cabinet Minister and a longtime serving Member of Parliament for West Mugirango served the country with distinction and the Gusii community has lost a great son. I send my sincere condolences to his family, friends and to the people of West Mugirango. May his soul rest in eternal peace.”
On his part Hon Elijah Kombo the 2017 Member of parliament aspirant for Kitutu Chache North has praised the deceased as an astute civil servant Gusii will ever miss.
“A man of impeccable academic and professional credential, an astute civil servant, a 3 time term MP who challenged the status quo and unapologetic philosopher and a credible accountant. I mourn his death. He was supposed to have taken the Gusii Spokesman. He is among the leaders that young politicians looked after.”
Borabu Member of Parliament Hon Ben Momanyi has described him as a leader who valued development and unity.
“The County has lost a hero. We as leaders will stand with his family and provide them with all necessary support during this time of grief.”
Cabinet secretary for interior Dr. Fred Matiangi recounted Onyancha as an exemplified servant who had selfless devotion to Public service board.
Until his death the late was chairman of the Privatization Commission.