Uhuru mourns in-law Ochwada

Mr Arthur Ochwada was the first member of parliament for Busia Constituency in 1963. Photo/FILE

President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of condolence to the family of former Assistant Minister Arthur Aggrey Ochwada who died on Thursday.

Mr Kenyatta said that the death of Mr Ochwada has robbed Kenya of a selfless and hardworking servant who worked with dedication and excelled in all his endeavours.

“Indeed, the death of Hon Ochwada is a personal loss to me not only because he is my in-law, but also because of his contribution and service to our beloved country as a public servant, politician and trade unionist,” President Kenyatta said.

He noted that as a trade unionist, the late Ochwada strongly advocated for the rights and welfare of the Kenyan worker particularly during the pre-independence period.

He said Mr Ochwada’s strong belief for justice and love for others endeared him to the people of the then Busia Constituency earning him a ticket to represent them as a member of parliament in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Mr Kenyatta said the late Ochwada was so focused in his service to the country and was appointed an assistant minister.

“Upon his appointment, he served with ability, competence, diligence and admirable dedication,” he said.

“As we pay homage to the soul of this great son of Kenya, it is my trust that we will also celebrate his life, his achievements and his service to our country,” he added.