Kwale Senator Boy Juma Boy has passed on today; Sunday, February 12, while receiving treatment at the Aga Khan hospital in Nairobi.
According to his family, Juma had been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit after being transferred from Mombasa.
Juma was suffering from high blood pressure that kept him in the ICU for one week.
ODM party condoled with the family, friends, relatives and the people Kwale County for the loss.
ODM Director of Communications Philip Etale termed him a darling of the people of Kwale and Coast.
“A jovial man he was. A man full of humour and no time for hate. Sen. Boy Juma Boy leaves a rich legacy and big gap to fill,” said Etale on his twitter handle @EtalePhilip.
“ODM has lost two of the finest crowd movers in the history of rallies in KE (Kenya); Boy Juma Boy and Otieno Kajwang’ Irreplaceable,” tweeted @ochievans .
Another twitter user @japhol2010 posted: “#RIPBoyJumaBoy He was a dramatic and active speakers in the senate. I shall miss his Kiswahili. I condole with his family and electorates”.
Boy’s death comes five months before the next General Election. He had been missing from the limelight for a while and his demise leaves behind a vacant seat in Senate which will likely be filled through a by-election.
Senator Boy succeeded his father, Juma Boy, as Matuga MP in 1983 and later retained the seat in the 1988 and 1992 elections. He was elected Kwale Senator in the March 4, 2013 general election after trouncing Jubilee Party’s Ali Chirau Mwakwere, now Ambassador of Kenya to Tanzania. He also served at the Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU) where he championed for the rights of workers during the Moi regime.
Senator Juma will be remembered for his comical Swahili addresses that always cracked the ribs of his audience.
Here is a Video of Senator Boy Juma Boy speak polished Swahili:
And from all of us at AfroNewsWire, deep heartfelt condolences to his family and friends, as well as the community at large may his soul rest in peace.