Governor Kenya’s Nyamira county John Nyagarama has died while undergoing treatment at a hospital in the capital, Nairobi.
The 74-year-old governor is said to have been hospitalised for weeks and was placed on life support on Sunday night, but died Friday due to COVID-19 complications.
County Secretary James Ntabo on Friday said the family is preparing to move the body to Lee Funeral Home.
“We have lost our governor but we will release more details after the family has settled. Information on the cause of his death will be conveyed by the family spokesperson.”
Nyagarama was elected governor in 2013 after unsuccessfully trying the West Mugirango Parliamentary seat for two elections.
Before his election as governor, Nyagarama was a director of the Kenya Tea Development Agency where he served for nearly three decades.
Mr Nyangarama’s party leader Raila Odinga has tweeted his condolences:
His deputy, Amos Nyaribo, will take over as governor for the remaining period of the term until the 2022 elections in accordance with Kenya’s constitution.