Former Kaloleni MP Gunga Mwinga dies

Former Kaloleni MP Gunga Mwinga dies

Former Kaloleni legislator Gunga Mwinga has passed away. 

He died Sunday morning at Mombasa Hospital where he had been admitted, the family confirmed. 

The former MP had been admitted at the facility for a week.

His uncle, Mr Fredrick Kahindi, said the ex-legislator died at around 3.45am. 

"We are saddened by the demise of our son. He was at the hospital for a short period before he died," he said without disclosing the exact cause of death. The family indicated that it was a short illness.

Reports indicate he was admitted at the hospital on December 24, forcing him to spend Christmas at the facility. 

"We are now going to start burial preparations," he added.

Mr Mwinga was the MP for Kaloleni for one term where he served from 2013 to 2017. He lost his seat to current area MP Paul Katana.

Mr Katana joined the family at the hospital where he also hared his condolences and termed the former MP as a brave leader. 

"We are all mourning as a constituency. He was my competitor, but we were close as we shared a lot with him. We are shocked by the sudden death," he said. 

Kaloleni MP Paul Katana with Gunga Mwinga's relatives 

Kaloleni MP Paul Katana (centre) with Gunga Mwinga's relatives at Mombasa Hospital on December 27, 2020. 

Photo credit: Kevin Odit | Nation Media Group

Mr Mwinga was also a High Court lawyer. He has been an advocate for the last 20 years. 

Mr Mathew Nyabena, Mombasa Law Society of Kenya (LSK) chairman, termed the deceased as a brilliant lawyer.

"This is a blow to us as an association because he is the fourth lawyer to die this year. We share our condolences with the family. We pray that God gives them strength during these trying moments," said Mr Nyabena. 

amohamed@ke.nationmedia.com

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