Bonchari MP John Oroo Oyioka has died after a long illness. Oyioka passed away on Monday evening at the Aga Khan Hospital in Kisumu, where he had been admitted.
He becomes the fifth legislator to die over the past three months after MPs James Lusweti (Kabuchai), Justus Murunga (Matungu), and Senators Boniface Kabaka (Machakos) and Yusuf Haji (Garissa). Senator Haji died on Monday at the Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi at the age of 80.
President Kenyatta eulogized Oyioka as an accomplished educator and a progressive grassroots leader.
“It is a pity that death has robbed us of a determined and progressive grassroots leader who used his long experience as a teacher and administrator to develop his constituents through education.”
“Hon Oyioka’s love for education is demonstrated in his setting up of a private teachers’ college to serve his community after his retirement from public service. That was a selfless leader who knew and appreciated the transformative value of empowering the youth through education,” President Kenyatta said in a message of condolence to family and friends of the deceased.