Kalembe Ndile's widow dies after short illness

Magdalene Kalembe, the widow of former Kibwezi MP Kalembe Ndile, has died. 
Until her death in a Nairobi hospital, Ms Kalembe was a Makueni MCA nominated by the Maendeleo Chap Chap party. 

According to Andrew Nzyoki, a nephew of Mr Ndile, Ms Kalembe had sought medication after complaining of high fever and pain last week.

"She was treated at Doctors Plaza in Wote Town before being referred to MP Shah Hospital," Mr Nzyoki said in a statement. 

"She was admitted to MP Shah Hospital on Friday, June 14, after falling ill after attending Parliamentary sessions on Thursday. Yesterday, doctors transferred her to intensive care after her condition deteriorated. We received the bad news this evening," Mr Ndile's brother and family spokesman Sam Kanyingi said in an interview with Nation.Africa. The death comes three years after Mr Ndile's.

Makueni Assembly Speaker Douglas Mbilu is among those who have paid tribute to the family. Tributes have poured in following the death of Magdalene Kalembe.

"Our hearts are heavy after learning of the death of Honourable Kalembe. She was a humble, honest and dedicated leader who stood firmly for fairness and justice in the discharge of her public duties. On behalf of my family and the Makueni County Assembly, I extend my sincere condolences to the family and the people of Kibwezi West Constituency," said Mr Mbilu. 

As many struggled to come to terms with the sad news, Mr Ndile's close relatives and friends gathered at his homes in Machakos and Makueni. Maendeleo Chap Chap party leader and Kibwezi West MP Mwengi Mutuse was among the leaders who condoled with the bereaved family at Mr Ndile's home in Machakos County. 

"I have visited their home in Syokimau and together with the Saint Veronicah Catholic Parish Syokimau we have prayed and condoled with the children, grandchildren and other family members. On behalf of myself, Kibwezi West and the Maendeleo Chap Chap party, I wish to express my heartfelt condolences to the Kalembe family and friends," said Mr Mutuse.