By Tony Wafula
“Yes, we have lost him, he succumbed this morning, it is very painful to the family and the Kabuchai constituency members, we have lost a treasure that was a family pillar,” said family member who sought anonymity
Ex Kabuchai and businessman Edward Nabangi Tale is dead.
The renowned politician is said to have succumbed to Covid-19 like symptoms while undergoing treatment at a local healthy facility.
Tale died at 4:30am on Wednesday after being into the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for almost a week now.
“Yes, we have lost him, he succumbed this morning, it is very painful to the family and the Kabuchai constituency members, we have lost a treasure that was a family pillar,” said family member who sought anonymity.
Reports indicated that Nabangi had been hospitalized at Life care hospital since Tuesday July 21.
Nabangi an accountant by profession is reported to have travelled from Nairobi last week and was engaged in distribution of face masks and Sanitizers to Kabuchai Constitutes.
He was later hospitalized at Khamulati dispensary in Kimilili after falling sick where he was referred to Lifecare hospital in Bungoma town where he has been in ICU since then.
Nabangi has been instrumental in helping vulnerable people in Kabuchai Constituency through building them iron sheet houses, distribution of food and sanitary items to combat Corona.
He vied for the parliamentary seat on an independent ticket but was defeated by the incumbent Mp James Mukwe Lusweti of Ford Kenya party.
Various leaders led by Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati, Bungoma senator Moses Wetang’ula, Senate speaker Ken Lusaka and Women rep Catherine Wambilianga have send their condolences to the family.
The leaders have described Tale as a soft spoken and outgoing leader who had a genuine heart of assisting residents whenever he could.
The county’s health CEC Dr.Antony Walela said that the number keeps on surging because residents are disregarding the government health protocols.
While addressing the press in Mbakalo Ward, Tongaren Constituency during the inspection tour of existing health facilities, Dr.Walela called on county residents to be keen and adhere to all government directives.
“This will reduce spreading of coronavirus that has caused a lot of fear amongst Kenyans, the global pandemic is very scaring and we should be very keen on our movements,” he said.
Dr.Walela added, “I have seen majority people are not keen in following the government health protocols, this will lead to rise of the numbers of Coronavirus positive patients, don’t trust closest friend,”.
Health Chief Officer Patrick Wandili has assured residents of the county government commitment in helping them in the war against the pandemic.
Wandili warned residents living in towns against visiting their aged parents in villages to stop infecting them with Covid-19 disease.
“Coronavirus is real and it kills, stay moving into the villages and infecting your parents who are above the age of 60, we should be cautious on our steps by following all the Government protocols,” said Wandili.
The projects initiated Monday July 27 included launch of a drainage system at Mbakalo Stadium and Construction of ablution blocks at Karima market.
Other projects within Mbakalo Ward included operationalization of Kibisi dispensary, construction of Makunga dispensary, and inspection of site (ready) for construction of Musembe dispensary and equipping of drugs to the health facilities.
Primary Healthcare is one of the areas Governor Wycliffe Wangamati administration has vowed to work on as part of fulfilling his campaign pledges.