President Kenyatta at prominent Murang’a businessman’s funeral
GATANGA, Murang’a County, 15 April 2017 (PSCU) – President Uhuru Kenyatta today joined mourners at the burial of Mzee William Gatuhi Murathe at his farm in Gatanga, Murang’a County.
Speaking at the funeral service at PCEA Kirwara Church, President Kenyatta eulogised Mzee Murathe – a prominent businessman from Murang’a – as a hardworking man who played a leading role in community development even though he was not a politician.
“Murathe is an excellent example of how to give back to society because he devoted his time and resources to improve the community,” President Kenyatta said.
The late Murathe was the father of Jubilee Party Vice-Chairman David Wakairu Murathe, a former Gatanga MP.
The President also praised Mzee Murathe’s business acumen that saw him excel in all the enterprises he ventured into.
“Mzee Murathe was a pioneer businessman and succeeded through hard work,” President Kenyatta said.
President Kenyatta announced that earlier today at State House, Nairobi, he had met some members of the Rwathia Group comprising entrepreneurs from Murang’a, who have significantly contributed to the growth of Nairobi and other parts of the country.
He said the history of Murathe and the Rwathia Group, who have done a lot for Kenya, must never be forgotten.
Saying he has known the late Murathe for many years, President Kenyatta assured the family that he will be with them at the difficult time of mourning.
The President took the opportunity to call for peace as political campaigns kick in ahead of the August 8 elections.
Water and Irrigation CS Eugene Wamalwa said Cabinet Secretaries have the mandate to implement not only the Jubilee manifesto, but also defend it.
“We won’t be afraid to say what this administration has done to transform the country,” CS Wamalwa said.
He pointed out that his family and the Murathes have been friends since the 1960s.
“My father, Senator Wamalwa, was a close friend of the late Murathe,” CS Wamalwa said.
Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia, who said Murathe’s business acumen inspired him in the early days of his career, noted that voter registration in Murang’a was massive and urged residents to come out in large numbers to vote on August 8.
Devolution Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri concurred with CS Wamalwa that Government Ministries and departments must tell Kenyans what projects they are implementing.
Speakers included Governor Mwangi, Deputy Governor Gakure Monyo, Senator Kembi Gitura, Women Rep Sabina Chege and local MP Humphrey Njuguna.
Others were MPs Jamleck Kamau (Kigumo), Irungu Kang’ata (Kiharu), Moses Kuria (Gatundu South) and Murang’a County Assembly Speaker Nduati Kariuki.