Former Limuru MP Kuria Kanyingi dies at 71


Mr Kuria Kanyingi (right) with the late Njenga Karume when they visited former Prime Minister Raila Odinga in hospital in 2010. Mr Kanyingi, the former Limuru MP, died on November 4, 2014 in India while undergoing treatment. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Former Limuru MP Kuria Kanyingi, 71, died Tuesday in India where he had gone for treatment.

Mr Milton Njoroge, a family friend authorised to speak on their behalf to the media, said the late Kanyingi died Tuesday morning in India, where he had been undergoing treatment.

“He has been in India for the last three weeks. He was sick and had travelled there for treatment and died at 1am on Tuesday. The family is very shocked by his death,” said Mr Njoroge.

Limuru residents were shocked by the news of the sudden death of their former MP and Kiambu Kanu chairman.

The news of Kanyingi’s death quickly spread on social media sites, with many sharing their memories of the outspoken veteran politician who served during the Moi era.

“The curtain has fallen on one of great sons of Limuru. We will remember him for his assertiveness and outspoken personality,” said Kiambu County TNA chairman Josiah Kuriah. “We will remember him for the development he brought to the people of Limuru and the greater Kiambu.”

Kiambu Kanu chairman Sakina Karanja said the late Kanyingi was a good person who was very philanthropic and went out of his way to help people.

“I remember in the 1990s, Mr Kanyingi gave Sh500,000 for a heart operation for a child who was in need, and at that time, that was a lot of money. He was an extraordinary man,” he said.

The late politician served as the director of the Motor Vehicle Inspection Unit during the Moi era.

He also served as Limuru MP between 2002 and 2007.

He was nicknamed “Mr Moneybags” because he used to donate huge sums of money during harambees.