Residents of Maikona in North Horr constituency of Marsabit County are saddened by the death of Labour and Social Protection Cabinet Secretary’s mother Mama Gumato Yattani that happened on Saturday.
The residents, many of whom she had supported in different ways condoled with the CS Ambassador Ukur Yattani saying they lacked words to express their grief terming the death a big loss to the family and the nation.
Amb. Ukur said on telephone that he could not get the precise words to describe his mother. He termed her as a loving and generous person not only to her family but also the community.
“She inculcated in us the culture of servant leadership always insisting that we should be compassionate, good stewards and far sighted,” he said adding: “I can say she was a loving, warm-hearted person who inculcated the best virtues in her children.”
Amb Yattani said his mother succumbed to constant blood pressure fluctuations at the age of 84 and was buried on the same day at her Maikona home in Marsabit County in accordance with the Gabra community culture.
Sunday, President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto condoled with the Yattani family following her demise.
In his condolence message on social media, President Kenyatta described Mama Gumato Yattani as a matriarch who was a role model, a teacher and a mentor to many.
“Mama Gumato will be fondly remembered as an exceptional and talented person whose legacy will live on for many generations to come. Mama Yattani was a strong pillar and a respected member of her community,” stressed President Kenyatta.
Ambassador Ukur Yattani, a career civil servant also served as the first Governor of Marsabit County between 2013 and 2017.
He was later nominated to the position of Labour and social protection CS after he was successfully vetted.
By Sebastian Miriti