Former Kibwezi Member of Parliament Kalembe Ndile is dead.
Kalembe,57, died yesterday night at the Nairobi Hospital where he was receiving treatment for reportedly for liver disease.
The family confirmed his death this morning. “He was discharged from hospital two weeks ago, but his health deteriorated later and he was taken back to hospital. he has passed on,” a family member said. His body has been moved to the Lee Funeral Home.
Kalembe was one of the most colourful politicians from Ukambani region. He represented Kibwezi Constituency from 2002-2007 on a National Alliance Rainbow Coalition Ticket. Kalembe had unseated SDP’s Onesmus Mboko and was replaced by Philip Kaloki on an ODM-Kenya ticket.
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He then formed his own party known as The Independent Party (TIP). In 2017, ‘TIP TIP’, as it was humourously called, was among the 13 political parties affiliated to Jubilee Party that were dissolved for a joint push towards President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election.
Kalembe was known for his humour and appeal to the downtrodden. He proudly branded himself “a squatter.”
Last April, he pleaded with the Jubilee Party to nominate him as a Senator and replace ousted Isaac Mwaura as the representative of People Living with Disability in the House. “On my way home, I was unfortunately involved in a serious car accident which left my right thigh broken, among other serious injuries,” Ndile wrote to Jubilee Party.
The politician moved Kenyans’ hearts last December when he gave Julius Wambua, the man who has been incarcerated for eight years (after his daughter framed him for rape), a motorcycle and two acres of land.
“We will try and build him a home so that he can start his life afresh because eight years in jail is no joke,” said Kalembe.