The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi joined National leaders led by His Excellency, President Uhuru Kenyatta in eulogizing the Late Juja Member of Parliament, Mr. Francis Munyua Waititu who passed on Monday, February 22, 2021.
In his message of comfort, President Kenyatta eulogized the late MP, famously known as, Wakapee, as a progressive, trusted and devoted leader.
“We’ve sadly lost a very progressive, trusted, peaceful and committed leader whose public actions always reflected the interests of his constituents,” eulogized the President during the funeral service held at JKUAT Graduation Square, Juja.
The Head of State applauded the fallen legislator’s style of leadership and his contribution and commitment to Juja and promised to finish the work and projects the legislator was undertaking.
“It is because of the trust and love that the people of Juja had for Mr. Waititu that they entrusted him with a second term in a very competitive election,” said President Uhuru.
Echoing the words of the President, Prof. Ngumi eulogized the late Member of Parliament as a great, humble, hardworking and philanthropic leader who not only championed important issues that affected his Juja Constituents but also, found time to actively participate in matters that touched on the well-being of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.
“While he was still in good health, Wakapee, as most people called him, would always come to the University. He would say that he has popped in to say hi. He would then seek to know if the only public University in Kiambu which was based in his constituency had any problems,” celebrated Prof. Ngumi.
The late MP who was an alumnus of JKUAT having studied Executive MBA in Leadership and Governance, between 2015-2016, was keen on supporting education. For the period he was in office, Mr. Waititu disbursed bursaries to JKUAT students as his contribution to building the human resource of this great county and the country at large.
The son of the late legislature, Mr. Michael Munyua Waititu, who works at the JKUAT Information Technology Department, said his father molded each one of them into the people they are today and was active in positively influencing the lives of many other people.
“Mzee’s generosity knew no bounds, even while undergoing treatment in India he managed to sponsor a football tournament just as a way of giving back to the community,” said Michael.
The second term MP was diagnosed with cancer in India in October 2017 and battled the disease vehemently for five years as he carried out his legislative duties. Throughout his fight with cancer, the late Waititu led efforts to overcome the disease through awareness creation and support for initiatives aimed at lowering the cost of treatment in the country.
The service was attended by top government officials, politicians, and Juja constituents, among others.