Former Cabinet Minister Simon Nyachae a long serving career civil servant, has been eulogized as a great patriot and an outstanding statesman.
In a funeral service held in Gusii Stadium, the leaders led by President Uhuru Kenyatta paid tribute to Nyachae and his contribution to the country spanning many years.
Opposition leader Raila Odinga said Kenya was proud of Nyachae’s achievements noting that he had particularly excelled as an administrator, a civil servant and as a Permanent Secretary and as Cabinet Minister.
“Nyachae was schooled in the tradition of British civil service, which promotes excellence and correctness in service of the people,” said Raila.
Raila described the late Nyachae as a dedicated public servant who commanded respect from all Presidents he served under including when they both served as ministers under President Mwai Kibaki.
The Orange party leader also lauded Nyachae’s contribution to the expansion of the country’s democratic space soon after he resigned from cabinet, forming his own party, Ford People, and joined Raila and others in the backbench.
Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka in his remarks at the burial service said that as a Chief Secretary in Moi’s regime, Mzee Nyachae did a lot to promote devolution, with his strategy for rural development.
“Nyachae was a very kind man. When I first came face to face with Mzee Nyachae, I had just been appointed Assistant Minister by Mzee Moi on Fool’s Day. I thought I was being fooled…Mzee Nyachae was the one who was to swear me in.” the former vice president recounted.
On his part, Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi expressed his admiration of Nyachae’s humility.
He described him as a great public servant who even though he was Chief Secretary, “never proclaimed himself as the Chief Secretary, you just felt it. Kuna watu wengine katika Kenya hii they must remind you ‘mimi ni waziri…mimi ni gavana…mimi ni nani’”, said Mudavadi.
The independence party KANU chairman and Baringo Senator Gideon Moi eulogized Nyachae as “a man of great character, loyal, intelligent and determined.”
The Baringo Senator said leaders should emulate his integrity given that he excelled in everything he did without impunity.
“If you have to learn something from Mzee, it’s that to reach the pinnacle of your career, in personal and business, you do not have to steal…you do not have to cut shortcuts” The KANU leader said