Former Nairobi woman representative Rachel Shebesh
President Uhuru Kenyatta has mourned former Nairobi Mayor Samuel Mbugua as a great and visionary leader.
Mbugua, who is the father of former Nairobi woman representative Rachel Shebesh passed on at Nairobi Hospital on Wednesday.
The head of state in a statement said Mbugua had a clear vision for the growth and development of Nairobi city, which turned it into a vibrant social and economic hub.
"In this hour of great sorrow and grief, I convey my deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the family," he said in a statement on Thursday.
He added that he was a patriot, which enabled him implement projects that continue to benefit citizens long after he left active politics.
"As we mourn and pay homage to this visionary leader, let us also celebrate his life and achievements." Uhuru added.
The President further described the former mayor as a person of enormous influence whose wise advice and guidance will be missed by many.
Mbugua was born in Kariua, Murang'a county and will be remembere for his role in negotiating the setting up of estates such as Kimathi, Uhuru, Kariobangi South, Harambee and Umoja through affordable long-term loan deals with the World Bank.