Thousands of mourners today gave former Busia Water and Sewerage Company Director Philemon Lameck Imo a warm send off during the burial mass presided over by Anglican Church of Kenya Katakwa Diocese Bishop John Okude at Amagoro Polytechnic grounds.
Imo, 52, who finished third in the 2013 Busia County Gubernatorial contest succumbed to Diabetes on September 13 at St. Domiano in Bungoma n where he was rushed after his sugar level dropped significantly.
Busia First Lady Judy Ojaamong led the county team at the burial service accompanied by County Executive Committee Member for Water Bernard Yaite, Chief Officers Moses Weunda (Water), Joel Barua ( Education), Allan Omachar ( Finance) and Director Administration Robert Muganda.
Politicians present included MPs Oku Kaunya (Teso North), Geoffrey Omuse (Teso South), Deputy Speaker Lawrence Okaale, MCAs Ben Papa (Malaba Central), David Kokonya (Malaba South), Patrick Omanyala (Malaba North), Grace Olita (Angurai South), Job Oteba (Angurai East), Angela Ong’ura, Florence Atieno and Nancy Okademi (nominated MCAs).
The teachers fraternity was represented by KNUT Busia County spokesman Deogratius Owaya and KUPPET County Executive Secretary Moffatts Okisai.
Mrs. Ojaamong said the late Imo was their close friend, adding that the cruel hand of death has robbed the County off a resourceful person.
Kaunya recalled in 1996 when he was involved in an accident and how Imo and his friends helped him both in hospital and using their cars to take him to his residence in Nakuru then.
Yaite said Imo who was Buwasco Director and chairing the Audit Committee had applied to be the Managing Director of the water body but death has taken him before fulfilling his ambitions.
The deceased widow Mildred Regima from Samia appealed to her departed husband to forgive her for anything bad she should have done to him. “I also want whatever he did that I didn’t like to put at the back of my head and forge ahead,” she said.
The late Imo worked in Unilever Kenya, Malawi and Nigeria between 1989 and 2006 before retiring to venture into business. He joined Buwasco in 2015 as Director. He leaves behind two sons Nelson Ijakaa and William Mganda.
Photos: Busia First Lady Judy Ojaamong welcomed by ACK Katakwa Diocese Bishop John Okude at Amagoro Polytechnic on Saturday during the burial service for Philemon Imo.
– Teso South MP Geoffrey Omuse and his Teso North counterpart Oku Kaunya at Amagoro polytechnic on Saturday during the burial of Philemon Imo.