Baringo County Deputy Governor Charles Kimaiyo Kipng’ok is dead.
The deceased died after collapsing moments before boarding a Mombasa-bound plane on Wednesday, September 15.
In a statement, Kenya Airways said Kimaiyo developed breathing difficulties while boarding a plane to Mombasa at 7 pm.
“The passenger was pronounced dead by medical personnel at JKIA while the aircraft was still on ground,” the national carrier announced.
Confirming the same, Baringo Governor Benjamin Cheboi said Kimaiyo was set to fly to Mombasa for the ongoing Council of Governors (CoG) induction.
In a statement, Cheboi said that he was still in shock following the unfortunate development.
“He was just about to depart for Mombasa to attend the induction for newly elected governors and deputy governors. The sad news is still very hard for us to come to terms with at the moment,” Cheboi noted.
He added; “In the meantime, I take this moment, with a heavy heart, to convey my condolences to the family (wife and children), relatives, friends, and people of Baringo county and the country. Please remember the heartbroken family in your prayers. We shall be giving you details later.”
President William Ruto is among Kenyan leaders who have mourned Kimaiyo, eulogizing him as a leaderwho worked tirelessly for his people.
He also shared his message of condolence with the family as they come to terms with his untimely death.
“Charles Kipng’ok was a responsive, genuine and passionate leader who worked tirelessly for the people of Baringo. He was principled and boldly championed for tea reforms in our country
“We pray to God that He grants the family, the loved ones and the people of Baringo strength at this sad time. Rest In Peace,” Ruto said in a Facebook post.
We pray to God that He grants the family, the loved ones and the people of Baringo strength at this sad time. Rest In Peace.
— William Samoei Ruto, PhD (@WilliamsRuto) September 15, 2022
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