Leaders Mourn Serut, Describe Him As A Fearless, Selfless Leader

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Residents and leaders in Bungoma and Trans Nzoia Counties thronged the home of former Mt Elgon Mp John Serut who passed on on Wednesday.

They visited his home at Kimobo village in Elgon ward to condole with the family.

According to his first-born son Mr. Collins Chesebe Serut his father succumbed on Wednesday morning at a Nairobi hospital after a long battle with cancer.

Leaders led by senate speaker Ken Lusaka, Bungoma governor Wycliffe Wangamati, senator Moses Wetang’ula and Mt Elgon MP Fred Kapondi eulogized the lawmaker as a strong pillar who played a key role in Mt Elgon politics.

Lusaka said that Mr Serut was a brave, committed and fiercely independent leader who served his constituents with unmatched dedication and zeal.

‘A charismatic and development conscious leader, he distinguished himself as a tireless champion of the rights of his marginalized Sabaot community,’ he said.

Lusaka said that as  Bungoma County’s First Governor, he worked closely with Mr Serut and they remained friends to date.

‘My deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and the people of Mt Elgon and the entire Bikaapkoret Nation during this difficult time,’ he said.

Leaders eulogized Serut as a leader who defended and fought for the rights of the less advantaged in the society.

Elgon ward MCA Hillary Kiptalam eulogized Mr Serut as a development-oriented leader who stood with his people at all times.

‘As we mourn our fallen leader, let’s all appreciate the good works he did to our people by initiating development records in schools and setting up infrastructure in our region that had been neglected since independence,’ he said.

The MCA asked local leaders to come together and support the family that has struggled with huge hospital bills to see the lawmaker recover as he was hospitalized.

He said that Serut was a very harsh and disciplined leader who always kept his word.

Mt Elgon Ford Kenya party MP aspirant Jane Chebet said that the death of the MP is a big blow to the Mt Elgon community.

Ms Chebet said that Serut was a leader who never held grudges but was always firm on his political stands.

She said that Serut did much development of the area by initiating various development records using CDF by fairly distributing resources without biasness.

‘I remember visiting Serut with my fellow mcas as he gave us advice on how we should carry our local politics,’ he said.

She asked leaders and residents to forgive the x lawmaker his faults and the uniter to give him a decent sendoff.

The 67 years old Serut was an MP for ten years after he was first elected in parliament in 2002 on a KANU party ticket.

He was floored in 2007 on a PNU party ticket by Fred Kapondi and made a comeback in 2013 on an independent ticket.

His wife Pamela Cherotich said that the death of her husband was a big blow since he was the unifying factor of the family.

“My husband has battled with the illness for long and right now we just pray that he may fest in peace as you all put in prayers,’ she said.

The no-nonsense and brave lawmaker was elected to parliament the first time in 2002 on Kanu ticket. 

He served as Assistant minister for planning during the regime of President Mwai Kibaki.

In 2007 Kapondi defeated him. He bounced back in 2013-2017, but this time he was elected as an independent. He was among the only three MPs elected as independents in 2013.

The news of the death of Mr. Serut who died after a long battle with multiple myeloma cancer for close to three years was received with sorrow and grief.

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