Raila Mourns Death Of Former ECK Chairman Samuel Kivuitu


hospital geneva;”>ask sans-serif;”>In a statement from the office of the Prime Minister Raila said death of Kivuitu a week before the historic elections is sorrowful.

Raila said that he knew Kivuitu as a man who was bestowed huge responsibility of managing the country’s electoral body.

“Kivuitu has lived very difficult times in our history; dating back to those difficult final days of the single party era in the 1990s, right up to the indelible events of the 2007 elections,” said Raila.

Raila termed the fallen EC former chair as a ‘forthright man who often spoke his mind, without fear or favour. Many are those who may have misunderstood him, but he certainly shepherded over our previous elections from 1997; in 2002 and in 2007).’

“I do know for a fact that Mr Kivuitu did not hesitate to speak his mind about the problems we faced, even as we embarked on the 2007 elections, particularly when it came to the controversial appointment of the Electoral Commission in a manner that most flagrantly violated the Inter-Parties Political Agreement (IPPG) spirit as had been negotiated prior to the 1997 elections,” Raila reaffirmed.

He described Kivuitu as a man who was dedicated in the service of Kenya during his time in the public service and as a chairman of the electoral body.

“In all, I have no doubt that Mr Kivuitu rendered most valuable service to our nation and made enormous personal sacrifices; including of health to steer the elections. Indeed, there is no doubt that his tenure at the Electoral Commission offers important lessons for all of us in Kenya,” the PM said.

Odinga said that the devotion of Kivuitu service to the country would forever be remembered.

“May his family have the courage and fortitude to bear their loss during this very difficult time,” Raila concluded his message.

Samuel Mutua Kivuitu died after long battle with throat cancer on Monday night at 10 pm at the MP Shah Hospital in Nairobi where he had been admitted for almost a week. However, his remains shall be buried after the March 4 general elections to give Kenyans space to conduct the historic general elections under the new constitution.


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