President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday eulogised Juja MP Francis Munyua Waititu, alias Wakapee, as a patriotic leader who demonstrated all the attributes of true servant leadership.
Speaking during Waititu's funeral service at Jkuat grounds in Juja, Kiambu County, the President said the politician generously served all people without discrimination.
"He never failed to do good. He never waited to be asked for help but willingly offered to support anyone in need. He would offer support before being asked," he said.
President Kenyatta said it was on the basis of the MP's prudent utilisation of resources allocated to his constituency that he was re-elected to serve a second term.
"It's never easy for a person to be re-elected, especially here in Kiambu County. [His re-election] meant the people knew and understood him."
Mr Kenyatta further said the MP worked hard to fulfil the promises he made his constituents.
He challenged leaders to emulate him by focusing on what is right for Kenyans, especially projects that transform lives, instead of endless politicking and empty rhetoric.
"He taught us that a leader is one who can stand up and work for his people. 'Wakapee' never stole even a penny from the government. He was a leader who cherished the peace and unity of the people he led," he said.
The President assured Juja residents that he will work with other leaders in the region to complete the projects Waititu initiated.
"We are with you. I will ensure we fulfil all the projects he initiated," the head of State said.
National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi eulogised the lawmaker as a nationalist who strongly supported the government's business in Parliament.
"When it came to anything touching on the government, Waititu didn't waste time but supported the government's position to the end. He was an ardent supporter of the President. I will miss him dearly," the Speaker said.
Speaker Muturi added that the MP, who succumbed to brain cancer, was a servant leader who used his management skills to transform management of the Juja Constituency Development Fund (CDF), making it one of the best-managed in the country.
Kiambu Governor James Nyoro described Waititu as a passionate and hardworking person who was devoted to the improvement of his constituents' lives.
Dr Nyoro said the legislator was particularly keen on improving coffee farming and always sought expertise on how to expand agricultural production in Juja and Kiambu County at large.
The governor also said that Waititu's boundless generosity endeared him to many people and that he was committed to building strong friendships with people from all walks of life.
"We have lost a passionate, very humble and very generous person who was committed to helping all people."
Kiambu Town MP Jude Njomo and former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo also addressed the mourners.