Former Cabinet Minister during the Moi era Simeon Nyachae dies in hospital. The longtime Nyaribari Chache Mp succumbs at the Nairobi Hospital while undergoing treatment. His family confirms his death
In 1992 he became the Nyaribari Chache Mp through a Kanu ticket. Later on, Moi appointed him as the Agriculture minister followed by the Finance docket. His administration journey kicked off in 1963. He reigned as a District Officer in Kang’undo and several parts of Machakos. His biggest test being representing President Jomo Kenyatta during JM’s burial.
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At the time of JM’s burial Nyachae served as Central Province Commissioner. Many blame the government for JM’s assassination that occurred in March 1975. Nyachae expresses the scenario in his autograph.
WALKING THROUGH THE CORRIDORS OF SERVICE
I read President Jomo Kenyatta’s speech despite the prevailing tension. During the burial, I felt like if I were a Kikuyu sent with the message, I would not have read it. The anti-Government feeling was dominant. You could hear people saying in Kikuyu, “let him read, he’s only a messenger.” They did not view me as one of their tribesmen. For instance, they saw me as an outsider. To them, their tribesmen in power had a hand in JM’s assassination.
Their minds flooded with the notion that the Government got involved in the murder. The worst being Jomo Kenyatta as the leader. Many believe he was part of the assassinations group. The society did not give a damn about his words. I formulated my own speech and celebrate JM. Several government ministers had declined to read the speech. I had no alternative but to present it despite the crisis.
However, after delivering the speech and also condemning the assassination rumors circulated. Apparently, people feared my job was on the line. Upon arrival at home, my wife informed me of the ongoing rumors. I informed her that the decision from my boss is final. Later on, the President called me. Instead of being sacked, he inquired about the funeral. I informed him about the looming tension but the funeral came to a halt in peace. He also said that he heard the same. I survived it all and also never gave in to the false rumors.
The legend was born in the year 1932. His tertiary education occurred at the Torquay College in the United Kingdom.