President Uhuru Kenyatta has mourned Mzee Raphael Mwangangi Waita, describing him as a great Kenyan who had a clear vision for the growth and development of local management expertise.
Mzee Waita was father to Mr Nzioka Siwadie Waita, the Chief of Staff and head of the President’s Delivery Unit (PDU).
President Kenyatta noted that Mzee Waita’s patriotism enabled him to become one of the founders of the Kenya Institute of Management (KIM), a top-notch management training institution, which he served as a Fellow for decades.
“It is with grief and a deep sense of loss that I learnt of the death of Mzee Waita and I convey my deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to his family,” the President said in a message of condolence.
The Head of State pointed out that Mzee Waita was focused and hardworking, a trait that made him to be headhunted by Caltex Petroleum Corporation in New York to come to Kenya as part of the first crop of indigenous Kenyans to hold managerial positions at Caltex Oil Kenya Ltd after he finished his studies in the U.S.
Mzee Waita’s career at Caltex Oil Kenya spanned 29 years, where he held several senior positions, ultimately becoming Deputy Managing Director, a position he held until his retirement in 1998.
Among Mzee Waita’s achievements included the localization of the energy sector where he was instrumental in driving policy changes within the downstream petroleum sector by collaborating closely with his contemporaries who were in Government at the time.
“As we mourn and pay homage to this visionary leader, let us also celebrate his life and achievements,” President Kenyatta said.
President Kenyatta said Mzee Waita’s wise counsel, leadership skills and guidance will be missed by many.