- Kenyatta said Mwahima used his courage to engage the people in the grassroots and said he made progress.
- Mwahima served as Deputy Mayor and later Mayor of Mombasa from 1999 to 2002 before being elected as a Likoni MP in 2007.
- Fourty protesters were arrested by police in Nakuru on Monday morning as they were among hundreds demanding the government's arrest of Covid-19 money theft.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent his condolences to the relatives and friends of former Likoni MP Masoud Mwahima, who passed away on Monday night at the age of 78. In his condolences, President commemorated Mwahima as an intelligent national leader.
Kenyatta said Mwahima used his courage to engage the people in the grassroots and said he made progress. The President eulogized:
“Mzee Mwahima was an approachable, witty and, visionary elder and leader who offered wise counsel and outstanding service to the people of Mombasa especially his Likoni Constituency for decades.
As a politician, Mzee Mwahima was a strong champion for community development projects, a trait that enabled him to rise through Mombasa politics having served as a Councilor, Mayor of Mombasa and MP for Likoni Constituency for two terms.”
Mwahima served as Deputy Mayor and later Mayor of Mombasa from 1999 to 2002 before being elected as a Likoni MP in 2007, a term he held for two terms. He was previously the councilor of the Shika Adabu ward and the chairman of the Kanu party branch in Likoni.
The President wished the family of Mr. Mwahima and the people of Likoni the comfort of God as they mourn the death of the old man who is also a longtime leader.
“Mombasa is engulfed in sadness as we mourn the demise of one of our prominent elders and leader, Mzee Masoud Mwahima. He was a pillar of strength and always stood firm in defense of the people of Likoni and Mombasa at large,” tweeted Mombasa governor Hassan Ali Joho.
Arrested For Protesting Against COVID-19 Money Theft
Fourty protesters were arrested by police in Nakuru on Monday morning as they were among hundreds demanding the government’s arrest of COVID-19 money theft. Human rights activists Mr. Vincent Tanui, John Onyang’o, John Otingo and David Towet were taken to the Central Police Station where they were detained.
The protest was called off shortly after police threw tear gas at the crowd, alleging that they had violated the Ministry of Health’s regulations to prevent coronavirus infection. However, activist David Kuria condemned the police action and said the officers went illegally by arresting their colleagues while claiming that the protests were conducted peacefully.
They carried placards and sang songs urging President Kenyatta to arrest those involved in the theft of money to help Kenyans in this time of crisis. They also asked the relevant government agencies to explain how the money was spent.
To date, some donors have threatened to withdraw from providing aid to Kenya following allegations of embezzlement. The activists said they would not continue to tolerate and see how a few people get rich unnecessarily.
“Police arrested the activists and stopped our protest illegally. They should give us a chance to present our grievances to the government regarding the issues of increasing corruption,”said Mr. Kuria.
According to another activist Mr. Kemunche Masese, the health sector, under county governments, is facing not a small challenge following a lack of adequate funding.