Ex-Internal Security minister Kanyi Waithaka dies at 81

Former Internal Security minister Waithaka Kanyi died in his sleep at his Karen home in Nairobi on Wednesday night.

The body of the 81-year-old was taken to Lee Funeral Home.

Purity Gichuru and Gichuki Muturi, the former MP’s relatives, said he died after a long illness.

Kanyi hails from Gititu area in Muthiga, Tetu constituency, Nyeri county.

He was the first Tetu MP and served as Cabinet Minister in retired President Daniel Moi’s administration.

Kanyi was elected Mt Kenya Hospital ward councilor in 1974 and also served as Nyeri mayor until 1981.

He was the Kanu Nyeri branch chairman before his election as Tetu MP from 1988 to 1991.

He also served as Information minister a teacher and a warden at Kamiti Maximum Security Prison.

The former MP left for Maryland int he US in 1992 and returned to Kenya in 2007.

Kanyi’s second wife Ann is one of the seven Tetu MP aspirants for the August 8 poll. She is an independent candidate.

Kanyi is one of several Kenyan leaders who have died this month.

The others are Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery, former powerful minister Nicholas Biwott, former TJRC chairman Bethwel Kiplagat and Laikipia Senator GG Kariuki.

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