Kiambaa MP Paul Koinange has been laid to rest in his Kiambu home.
In a private ceremony attended by family, close friends, and several MPs, tributes poured in for “humble” servant who died of COVID-19 complications early Wednesday.
His first, June Koinange, describe the late lawmaker as a man who cared and loved travelling around the country with his family. June says that Koinange played a vital role in her illustrious career.
“One time he forwarded my name to the Italian Government when they were looking for someone to spearhead a Peace Treaty in South Sudan and I finally got the job as the only woman,” said an emotional June.
The MP’s second wife, Mary Koinange, eulogised her husband as a God-fearing man who was not only dedicated to his job, but also committed to his family.
“I had the opportunity to be the wife of the most kind, charming and most God-fearing man I know, he genuinely cared for people he knew and those he did not know, most people called him chairman, or mheshimiwa but to me, he was just Paul, my husband,” she said.
National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi described Koinange as the pillar of prayer in Parliament.
Muturi says Koinange founded the Prayer Breakfast program for the legislators in 2013.
“I thought that our annual national prayers would not be held. These were usually held at the end of May, which seemed impossible that year because of the just-concluded elections and various election petitions that followed suit. Koinange was however able to organise one with some MPs and it was successful,” Muturi said.
Consequently, a bill was presented and passed in Parliament, where the Prayer Breakfast was included in every financial year’s budget, since 2015.
“I feel at home here because as Leonard can attest, the relationship with Koinange has blood ties along the way. My father and Koinange underwent their rites of passage together in 1941 at Githunguri Teachers College, where my father represented their age group with KSh672 and even served as a committee along Koinange at the college,” Kimunya said.
Oburu Odinga recalled memories with Koinange touting the Building Bridges Initiative(BBI) bill in a bid to bridge the Central and Lake Region.
“We were tied closely by the BBI. I remember Koinange was an ardent supporter of BBI. He toured different regions even to Nyanza and focused on bringing together the Mt Kenya and Nyanza people.”