Shock has gripped Marsabit County following the sudden death of the Loiyangalani Member of County Assembly (MCA) in Mombasa while on official duties.
Mark Ekale, revered for being humble and a peace maker in the county passed on Monday night at the Premier Hospital in Mombasa shortly after he reportedly complained of chest difficulties.
The Marsabit County Assembly Speaker, Matthew Loltome said that the MCA died while he was on an official trip in Mombasa in the company of other MCAs and county assembly officials.
“The news is shocking as Ekale left for Mombasa to attend an annual development plan meeting in robust health,” said the Speaker.
Loltome described the late MCA as a humble, peace-loving, honest and a wise politician, adding that he always mediated between warring communities in this county.
He said that the Late Ekale who doubled as the Inter-counties Relations Vice Chairperson committed worked with both the national and the county government in peace mediation processes between communities whenever there was conflict.
The Marsabit County Police Commander, Steve Oloo said the cause of death was yet to be established and cautioned against speculations until the postmortem is done.
The MCA who died at the age of 52 has been in competitive politics for the last 25 years and he best remembered for being instrumental in making Loiyangalani town to develop into a tourist attraction destination.
The County Assembly of Marsabit has since suspended House business until May 7, in honour of the fallen colleague.