President Uhuru Kenyatta today visited the home of the late Dick Wathika to condole the family following the death of the former Nairobi Mayor.
The President was joined by many elected leaders at the Kigwa Ridge home where he described the late politician as an exceptional leader who never harboured bitterness.He encouraged Kenyan leaders to live with an open heart like the late Wathika because “politics does not mean hatred for each other”. “He was a person who never kept grudges and if all leaders in this country had the character of the late Wathika, Kenya would be like paradise,” said the President. The President said the late Wathika, who also served as an Assistant Minister and MP for Makadara, was a long-time friend. He described how Wathika introduced Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko to him just after Sonko defeated Wathika in an election for Makadara MP. The Nairobi Senator, who was among the leaders who joined the President at the late Wathika’s home, said Wathika became his mentor even after losing the election. “He was a peacemaker. He was always humble and jovial but also very courageous,” he said. The leaders who visited the home included MPs, Members of County Assemblies and former councillors. The President met separately with the close family members including Wathika's widow Asenath Wacera and her three children, the late politician's mother and other close relatives.