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Kalembe's burial unifies Kamba leaders

A number of top Ukambani leaders graced the burial of former Kibwezi MP Richard Kalembe Ndile.

ODM leader Raila Odinga with Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka and Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu during the late Kibwezi MP Kalembe Ndile's burial.

ODM leader Raila Odinga, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Machakos governor Dr Alfed Mutua and Kitui governor Charity Kaluki Ngilu some of high-profile dignitaries who attended the burial.

The farewell was held at Mbui Nzau village in Makueni County.

Kalonzo eulogized Ndile as a man who fought for the poor and for justice to prevail. “You fought a good fight: For the less privileged in the society and for justice in equal measure. Rest in Peace Brother”, said the Senior Counsel.

Kitui governor Charity Ngilu remembers Kalembe as a fighter for the downtrodden. She says he exemplified the true spirit of “us for all and all for us”.

On May 30 2021, Makueni governor Kivutha Kibwana from whose county Kalembe comes from gave a moving eulogy on Richard Kalembe Ndile.

Having worked with Ndile for three decades, Prof Kibwana said the former Kibwezi MP was a resilient person who beat many odds to succeed in both politics and business.

Ndile shot to the national limelight when he was serving as Tourism and Wildlife Assistant Minister during Kibaki administration.  Earlier, he was a councillor and a chairman of Makueni County Council.

Kalembe fought against land grabbing in his constituency.

Ndile was aged 57 years and was battling liver cirrhosis before his death.

He was born in Western Uganda where he got his name from Kalembe mines.

Owing to the fact that his father worked in Uganda, the young Kalembe enrolled to school at Kamwenge primary school where he learnt a number of local languages which are Kinyankore, Kirutoro and Kikiga.



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