The Speaker of the National Assembly, the Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Moses Wetang’ula today joined the family of Kibwezi East MP Hon. Jessica Mbalu in a requiem mass of their son, the late Benedict Mbalu at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Karen.
The late Mbalu died in a tragic road accident on the morning of 14th January 2024. His father is retired High Court Judge, Justice Joseph Mbalu.
In his remarks, Speaker Wetang’ula expressed his deepest sympathies to the family for the loss terming it as the most difficult occurrence to comprehend by a family.
He acknowledged that Hon. Jessica is an industrious servant to the country who has represented her constituents three times in the National Assembly.
He described her as a strong resilient leader even in religious matters indicating that she is a member of the Catholic Members of Parliament. In her son’s loss, Speaker Wetang’ula expressed confidence that she will emerge strong and weather the storm.
“My words to you are inadequate. Accept my deepest condolences and that of the Parliament fraternity for the loss of your dear son, Benedict Mbalu.” “Now like never before, our thoughts and sympathies are with you and your family. We are praying for your strength during this painful moment of mourning your dear son,” he added.
The Speaker assured the Mbalu family that Parliament and the country at large were standing with them at the difficult moment of grief.
Dr. Wetang’ula termed the unfortunate occurrence as a shock to a family and encouraged them to bravely go through the grieving process while believing in prayers and hoping for a better tomorrow.
“Like any parent, no one would wish to bury their child, but we have no control over God’s plans. We only believe in prayer and live with hope for a better tomorrow,” said Speaker Wetang’ula.
On the hand, Hon. Mbalu eulogized her son as a friend who had departed sooner and said she will cherish warm moments they shared together.
Other leaders present also eulogized the late Benedict as a hardworking and focused young professional who had a promising future.
Dignitaries present included; Attorney General, Hon. Justin Muturi, Hon. Kalonzo Musyoka, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Forestry, Hon. Soipan Tuya, MPs; Commissioner Patrick King’ola, Dr. James Nyikal, Daniel Maanzo, Stephen Mule, Dr. Irene Kasalu, Esther Passaris, Beatrice Elachi, Rachael Nyamai, Agnes Kavindu and Deputy Clerk National Assembly Mrs. Serah Kioko among others.