A group of youths will hold a three day, night vigil in honour of the late former powerful Cabinet Secretary Simeon Nyachae.
The night vigil began yesterday with the youth lighting candles in Kisii town’s capital roundabout.
The vigil will be between 7 pm- 10 pm in strict adherence to COVID-19 measures that set curfew hours starting 10 pm.
Their leader Okengo Nyambane says the community has lost an icon who through his actions, he says saw the community vote for leadership through a single party.
“Those of us slightly above the youth bracket saw a helicopter for the first time courtesy of this great leader. He inspired us to work hard in school. Some of the business ideas we have are because we got motivation from the late Simeon Nyachae.”
Okengo says Nyachae should be accorded a befitting send-off. “Our leaders should emulate Nyachae’s good deeds. We should stick on eulogizing the departed and not going to funerals to fight each other. Let us respect our elders and unite as a community.”
Nyachae, who served in the governments of founding Presidents Jomo Kenyatta, Daniel Arap Moi and Mwai Kibaki will be remembered for reforms in various sectors when he served in its portfolios.
His longest tenure as a minister was during Moi’s administration which he joined after leaving a provincial administrator post following President Kenyatta’s death.
Another youth, Frank Mirina says it is because of Nyachae’s business ideas that have seen Kisii town grow to an economic hub.
“His business malls in the town continue to attract major investors. We have much respect for his leadership that spans more than 30 years. He was a steadfast politician that we can all emulate.”
In his Autobiography; ‘Walking through the Corridors of Service’ Mzee Nyachae says that before his retirement, he had decided to gift himself a good car having worked hard both in government and in his business ventures.
He decided to import a Mercedes Benz 500 for his personal use but it was seized by customs officials for no clear reasons.
Nyachae explains that his son Charles Ayako who is a Lawyer went to enquire about the seizure of his luxurious vehicle and in a surprise turn of events a customs official bluntly told his son that there was no way someone will be allowed to have that car in the country unless that person wanted to have powers similar to those of the president.