Juja Member of Parliament Francis Munyua Waititu aka Wakapee has died.
According to his family, the lawmaker passed on at the MP Shah Hospital where he was receiving treatment.
“It’s with deep sorrow that we announce the passing on of our loving Dad, Hon. Francis Munyua Waititu, MP Juja. May his soul rest in eternal peace and may God grant us the divine grace to accept his will,”
said the late MP’s wife.
The MP passed on on the evening of Monday, 22nd, February, after a long battle with cancer.
How It Started
In 2016, the MP lost his sister to stage 4 liver cancer, just months after being diagnosed. He and his sister were close, and this hard-hitting loss made him urge his mother to get screened. His mother was diagnosed with stage 2 brain cancer.
However, after a few months of treatment she was declared cancer-free and urged her son to get screened too. It was then that Wakapee was also diagnosed with stage 2 brain cancer.
This was despite feeling he was in good health and not showing any signs of illness.
In March 2018, the MP announced that he had been successfully treated and declared cancer free. However, the disease came back and he was forced to return to treatment.
Battling The Disease
It was while receiving treatment in India that Wakapee revealed the predicament many Kenyans are going through.
“It is no longer a secret that many people are suffering in silence from cancer. Nobody wants to talk about it because of the stigma,” said the late MP.
He further revealed that there are 63 Members of Parliament and Senators battling the disease.
“Kenyans seeking cancer treatment in India are suffering. They cannot find anywhere to lay down heads and end up sleeping in trenches because they cannot afford renting the expensive houses there,”
His revelations elicited a national conversation on the disease as he led plans to build a cancer screening and treatment center. This was supported by the donation of 50 acres of land near Mang’u High School by a businessman from his constituency.
Leaders from across the political divide as well as Kenyans have sent their messages of condolences.
My sincere heartfelt condolences to the family of my late friend and also my home MP Hon. Munyua “wakapee “ was to see him this afternoon and I felt a bye bye coming from him. I treasure the fond memories of over 30 yrs of our friendship. Fare thee well my friend. pic.twitter.com/TDf5Ta0gYw
— Hon. William Kabogo (@honkabogo) February 22, 2021
My heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and people of Juja constituency following the death of Hon Francis Munyua Waititu aka Wakapee.
May his soul rest in eternal peace. pic.twitter.com/6siwuTXoDd
— Wycliffe A. Oparanya (@GovWOparanya) February 22, 2021
My deepest condolences to the family, friends of Hon. Francis Waititu "Wakapee" and the people of Juja Constituency, Kiambu County. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of grief. Hon. Wakapee was a distinguished personality and a true development oriented leader. RIP pic.twitter.com/LBI6VIdd7u
— Millicent Omanga (@MillicentOmanga) February 22, 2021
Ooh noo… such a fighter and bubbly soul. Sincere condolences to family, friends and the people of Juja.
Fare thee well Wakapee. https://t.co/vIFTNzuaz0
— Hon. Naisula Lesuuda (@Lesuuda) February 22, 2021
It is with great sadness that I have learnt of the passing of my colleague, Juja Member of Parliament Hon Francis Waititu 'Wakapee'. My thoughts tonight go out to his family and the people of Juja. Rest in Peace Mheshimiwa.
— Hon. Esther M Passaris (@EstherPassaris) February 22, 2021
My deepest sympathies go out to the family of the late Juja MP Hon. Francis Munyua Waititu (Wakapee). May God give you the peace that you seek. My most sincere condolences. pic.twitter.com/nE2hirgUtI
— Nick Salat (@kipro_hon) February 22, 2021
I am saddened by the demise of a colleague and a friend Hon Francis Waititu "Wakapee"
I convey my deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to his entire family and residents of Juja Constituency-Kiambu County for losing their Member of Parliament. He was a dedicated leader. pic.twitter.com/HWylIDjCWw
— Hon. Joshua Kutuny (@Honjoshuakutuny) February 22, 2021
He was such a good man. Very respectful. Very resourceful. This world is truly not our own. Rest with the angels Hon colleague: Francis Waititu aka Wakapee, MP Juja pic.twitter.com/zGJkJDKRwl
— Hon Kuria Kimani, MP Molo (@KuriaKimaniMP) February 22, 2021
My deepest condolences to the family, friends and the people of Juja Constituency for the loss of Hon. Francis Waititu Popularly known as Wakapee.
Francis was my close friend whom we shared a Parliamentary Select Committee on implementation.
— Hon Charles Nguna (@CharlesNguna) February 22, 2021
At C.O.K we condole with Wakapee’s family and with the people of Juja.
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