Former Matungu Member of Parliament Joseph Wamukoya has died at the age of 78, after battling a long illness.
Joseph Wamukoya’s family said that he breathed his last on Monday morning after a long illness and occasionally receiving treatment in a hospital in Bungoma.
Elizabeth Wamukoya, Dr. Wamukoya’s wife, confirmed the passing of the politician.
“The MP has been sick for years and today he rested peacefully at our home,” said Elizabeth Wamukoya.
Joseph Wamukoya was born in the year 1942 in Marinda village, Matungu.
He served as the first MP of the constituency between 1997 and 2002, elected on a Kenya African National Union (KANU) ticket.
Dr. Joseph Wamukoya was appointed as an assistant minister in the Ministry of Lands and Settlement in June 2001 in late President Daniel Arap Moi’s cabinet.
Before joining politics, Joseph Wamukoya was a lecturer at the University of Nairobi teaching veterinary services and also taught at Michigan State University based in the USA.
On his return to Kenya, he was appointed the county’s director of Veterinary Services.
Joseph Wamukoya’s death comes months after the death of the constituency’s third lawmaker Justus Murunga, who passed on in November 2020.