ODM leader Raila Odinga has mourned former Likoni MP Masoud Mwahima as a jovial man and a steadfast agitator for the rights of his people.
Mwahima, 78, died at around 11pm on Monday at his Vyemani home in Likoni subcounty, Mombasa, after suffering asthma complications.
Mwahima was an ODM member when he represented Likoni from 2007 and re-elected in 2013. He later left ODM for Jubilee in 2016.
He lost the seat to Mishi Mboko, who won on an ODM ticket
“My heartfelt condolences go out to the family of former Likoni MP Hon Masoud Mwahima. He was a jovial man and a steadfast agitator for the rights of the people of Likoni whom he always strove to represent well. May his Soul Rest In Eternal Peace,” Raila said on Tuesday.
President Uhuru Kenyatta had earlier President Uhuru Kenyatta has eulogised Mwahima as a statesman, witty leader and an astute grassroots mobiliser who has left a huge legacy of development.
“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,” President Kenyatta said in a statement on Tuesday.
He noted that as a politician, Mwahima was a strong champion for community development projects, a trait that enabled him rise through Mombasa’s political ranks, serving as a councilor, mayor of Mombasa and MP for Likoni for two terms.
Deputy President William Ruto also sent his condolence message, saying the country has lost a “smart and formidable politician”.
He said Mwahima was a firm defender of the interests of his people and the nation.
“A leader of great humility, Mheshimiwa Mwahima was tireless, fearless and a tenacious debater whose domination in our country’s political scene will be fondly remembered,” he said on his social media platforms.
Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho said the prominent leader was “a pillar of strength and always stood firm in defence of the people of likoni and Mombasa at large”