Ruto, Raila join other leaders in mourning Jakoyo Midiwo
Monday, June 14th, 2021 21:50 | 2 mins read
Deputy President William Ruto, ODM leader Raila Odinga have joined President Uhuru Kenyatta and other leaders in mourning the death of former Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo.
Midiwo died on Monday at Nairobi Hospital after suffering cardiac arrest.
DP Ruto in his message of condolences said the former MP was a dedicated leader who never shied from speaking his mind.
"Mheshimiwa Jakoyo Midiwo was a vocal and dedicated figure who spoke his mind. He was outspoken, courageous and a tireless leader whose exceptional service to the people of Gem will be missed.
"Our commiserations to the family, their loved ones and the people of Siaya at this dark time. Rest In Peace, Mheshimiwa Midiwo," he tweeted.
ODM leader Raila heaped praise on Jakoyo saying he was a gifted leader who had the ability to mingle with leaders across the political divide.
"...An astute debater, a man of his word and honour, Jakoyo had a rare ability to work across the aisle and got along with members from across the political divide. I will dearly miss him," he said.
Other leaders who worked with Midiwo in Parliament also took to their respective social media handles to mourn the former MP.
Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi also eulogized Midiwo saying he was bold debater who was at the forefront in articulating issues.
"... We greatly interacted with Hon. Midiwo during our time at the 11th parliament. He was a bold, courageous and good debater who articulated many issues of national importance both on the floor of the house and in the public. The country has indeed lost a great leader. Rest in peace my friend," he wrote on Facebook.
Former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale who regularly participated with Midiwo in TV debates wrote: "I Am saddened to learn of the death of Hon Jakoyo Midiwo. I was privileged to work with him in the National Assembly. A fellow panellist of many years, Jakoyo missed no chance to join hands with me in fighting corruption on the floor of Parliament. RIP patriot."
Midiwo was first elected into Parliament in 2002 on Narc Party ticket.
He served for three terms until 2017 when he was ousted by Elisha Ochieng who defeated him during the ODM primaries. He vied on an Independent ticket.