Former Foreign Affairs assistant minister Dr Hezron Manduku is dead.
According to his son Dr Robert Manduku, he died on Saturday at around 9pm while receiving treatment at Nairobi Hospital.
The former Nyaribari Masaba MP is reported to have died of a terminal illness that he had been battling with for over decade.
The 79-year-old has left behind a wife and four children.
His political journey
Dr Manduku entered politics in 1992 as an MP for Nyaribari Masaba constituency in Kisii County. During this time, he was also appointed as an assistant minister for Foreign Affairs. A position he held until 1997.
However, Dr Manduku was edged out from the MP position by Prof Sam Ongeri in 1997.
In 2002, Dr Manduku changed tack by running using a Ford People ticket for the Nyaribari Masaba parliamentary seat. He won and successfully completed his second term.
His life as a medical doctor
The 79-year-old was also a medical doctor at Kenyatta National Hospital. He also served as a medical superintendent at Kakamega and Meru hospitals.
Dr Manduku also started his own health facilities in Kisii and Keroka towns called Hema Hospital. The hospital is managed by his son, Dr Robert Manduku. The former Nyaribari Masaba MP also owned Hema Coffee Millers.
Some of the people that have eulogized the Dr Manduku is the incumbent Nyaribari Masaba MP, Ezekiel Machogu.
“I have learnt of the passing on of Dr Hezron Manduku with utmost shock and sadness. [He] was truly a blessing to so many lives in Nyaribari Masaba and beyond through his selfless service to mankind. I extend my deepest sympathies to family, friends and relatives. May his soul be at peace with our heavenly Father,” Machogu said.