- She died while receiving treatment at a Nairobi hospital.
- President Uhuru described her as an astute grassroots mobilizer.
Former Kwale County Woman Rep. Zainab Chidzuga is dead. Chidzuga, 65, died on Thursday, August 12 while undergoing treatment at a Nairobi hospital.
In his condolence message, President Uhuru Kenyatta eulogised her as a steadfast leader and astute grassroots mobilizer who helped uplift the welfare of women in Kwale County and across the country through her many initiatives.
“I have received the sad news of the passing away of Hon Zainab Chidzuga with a heavy heart. The ugly hand of death has robbed our country of a highly influential grassroots mobiliser and leader who was a role model to many women.
“Mama Zainab Chidzuga was a passionate advocate of women empowerment whose many achievements as an activist, legislator and mentor will continue shaping the gender agenda in our country for generations,” the President mourned.
Ruto mourns Chidzuga
On his part, Deputy President William Ruto described the late as a selfless and visionary leader who served the people of Kwale with dedication.
“Mheshimiwa… was progressive, steadfast, and focused. We will remember her as a champion of women empowerment. We pray to God that He grants strength and comfort to the family, relatives and the people of Kwale County during this time of grief. Rest In Peace,” tweeted DP Ruto.
Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho: “Clouds of sadness hang over the coast as we mourn the passing on of our beloved sister Hon. Zainab Chidzuga the former Kwale County Women Representative. She was a true champion who always stood up to improve the lives of the people of Kwale. Inna Lillahi Waina Ileyhi Rajiu’un.”
ODM Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna also mourned the death of the former ODM woman representative. “My condolences to the family and friends of mama Zainab Chidzuga, former Kwale County Woman Representative. Poleni sana. Innalillahi waina ilayhi Raji un.”
She was the mother of the famed media personality Mwanaisha Chidzuga.
In 2019, she was appointment to the Special Economic Zones Authority by CS Peter Munya. Prior to her death, she had been serving as a board member in the National Oil Corporation parastatal.
She was a former long serving official of Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organization (MYWO).