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Senator Isaac Mwaura Emotional Tribute to Kiambaa MP Paul Koinange

Senator Isaac Mwaura Emotional Tribute to Kiambaa MP Paul Koinange

Senator Isaac Mwaura Emotional Tribute to Kiambaa MP Paul Koinange

Hon Paul Koinange, Kiambaa Member of Parliament and the chairman of Security Committee in the National Assembly is dead.

I knew Hon Koinange in 2013 when we joined the National Assembly. He became a member of the Bunge fellowship under the chairmanship of former Mathioya MP Hon Cpt Clement Wambugu. Each Wednesday morning at 7:00 am, we would often meet at the Committee room located on 2nd floor of the continental house for a weekly fellowship. Once a year, we also helped organize the National prayer breakfast events together with others prayer groups across the city as coordinated by Sam Owen. We also visited other countries for the same as a means of creating partnerships for a global network of prayerful leaders organized by various parliaments and parliamentarians.

During the opening season of parliament In 2017, and just before the presidential address, Sen Phogisio, Hon King’ang’i and Hon Jeremiah Kioni approached me to consult on how to commence the Bunge Fellowship for the 12th parliament. I did convene the first meeting but when it came to electing the chair, instead of taking over, I proposed Hon Koinange and Sen Phogisio to lead us as Co – Chairmen from both Houses of Parliament.

Hon Koinange had been a ‘good’ student of Hon Wambugu, I had observed, and I reckoned that he would have been the best to lead us. I had even intimated that to him in a jocular manner but he would brush it off. For me, I thought, I would have done so but I reasoned, he was better placed since I was young and possibly had more years ahead. This has now become a reality today.

Only last week did I push for us to re-start the Bunge fellowship which was held on Thursday morning, with the possibility of going virtual, until lockdown happened on Friday. I reckoned that the fellowship is GOD’s alter at the heart of the seat of parliament itself. Besides prayer and praise, we are able to have discussions about pertinent issues affecting the nation in a bi-partisan manner since members are drawn from many parliamentary political parties and/or political divides, shades and opinions.

Through this, we have visited each other’s counties or constituencies for church functions and also helped County assemblies to start their own fellowships as well. It’s also through this avenue that we organized to go pray with the President at state house in 2015, and in the meeting, I invited H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta to attend my wedding, only for him invite my wife and I at State house for a first ever wedding photoshoot at state house on the material day.

Only yesterday had I plodded co-chair Sen Phogisio that we go virtual on our fellowship. We also had gotten information from his daughter through Hon Jude Njomo that Hon Koinange was improving and many of us MPs and senators were were relieved, only to get the sad news this morning of his demise.

A great soul who drove himself around as he had nothing to fear, a man who stated his political opinion clearly on where he stood on various issues without mincing or doublespeak, slow to anger and one who used the US prayer breakfast network to procure military aid and security equipment including fighter jets for our defense forces. He was a true patriot and a man of the state.

A gentleman who many people had written off in winning a second term bounced back with a landslide in his Kiambaa constituency.

A true believer in GOD, the last time we met was at a Kiambu MPs forum late last year.

Hon Koinange just like his uncle Mbiyu Koinange served as an adviser to South Sudan’s founding father Dr. John Garang De Mabior for many years. He had taken up after his uncle Mbiyu Koinange who had also been an adviser to Kwame Nkurumah, Pan Africanist and Ghana’s founding president.

Fare thee well Hon Paul Koinange.
May we meet again in Jerusalem the city of peace, the city of GOD.
Isaac Mwaura.

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