Kenyan politicians have sent their condolences following the death of former Likoni MP Masoud Mwahima.
Mr Mwahima died on Monday night from asthma complications. The 78-year-old had received treatment at St Thomas Hospital on Sunday.
However, his condition deteriorated while at home in Vyemani in Likoni Sub-county, Mombasa.
Moreover, he was battling other illnesses that came with old age as well.
Deputy President William Ruto on Tuesday said the former MP was a smart and formidable politician.
“Masoud Mwahima served the people of Mombasa, and in particular Likoni, with sustained commitment, passion and integrity. A leader of great humility, mheshimiwa Mwahima was tireless, fearless and a tenacious debater whose domination in our country’s political scene will be fondly remembered. Rest in peace Mheshimiwa,” Ruto tweeted.
Mr Mwahima was first elected to parliament in 2007 on an ODM ticket. He was subsequently re-elected in 2013.
He eventually ditched ODM party to join Jubilee Party in 2016.
The Governor of Mombasa Ali Hassan Joho also condoled with the grieving family of the late politician.
“I pray for the almighty to alleviate your grief. May the almighty Allah SWT accept all Masoud’s good deeds,” he said.
Mr Mwahima had contested for the Member of Parliament seat in the 2017 general elections on the Jubilee Party ticket.
However, he lost to current MP Mishi Mboko who won on an ODM ticket. Mwahima has served 2 terms as MP from 2008-2013 and 2013-2017.
Nairobi governor Mike Sonko expressed deep sadness following the sudden and untimely passing of former MP Masoud.
“Mwahima who also served as Mombasa Mayor was well-known to me and I last interacted with him during issuance of title deeds by President Kenyatta at the Waitiki farm,” the governor said.
“Mwahima will be remembered as a committed champion of people’s rights especially land rights during his time in office as MP, Mayor and Councillor in Mombasa,” he added.