Nyamira county Governor John Nyagarama [Photo: Citizen TV]
Dec, 18th 2020 – Nyamira county Governor John Nyagarama, 74, has succumbed to Covid-19. The county boss had been receiving treatment for three weeks at the Nairobi hospital before being placed at the Intensive care unit (ICU) where he lost his life.
It is said that the deceased county boss had an underlying condition leading to the Covid-19 related complications. According to his family, the soft-spoken politician developed breathing problems last week after his lungs collapsed.
He had been leading campaigns aimed at curbing the virus in his county urging residents to adhere to the guidelines issued by the Health Ministry.
He was born in 1946 in Nyakemincha in Nyamira’s west Mugirango Constituency. He unsuccessfully vied for the West Mugirango parliamentary seat in 2002 and 2007.
He trained as a teacher at the University of Nairobi. His teaching career started in 1975 at Nduru Boys’ High School in South Mugirango in Kisii County. He later on taught at Nyansiongo Boys’ High School and joined other staff in founding Menyenya High School.
He then quit teaching and ventured into farming joining the teas farmers’ leadership as a management trainee at the former Kenya Tea Development Authority which is now the Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA).
He then became a manager at several KTDA branches countrywide. From 1991 to 1992, he served as the private Sitok Tea Factory.
His first wife, Dorcas Sigara died in 1998 leaving him with 10 children. His eldest son, George Ndemo Nyagarama passed away on June 2018 after a long illness. He later remarried a woman named Naomi.
Nyamira Deputy Governor Amos Nyaribo also contracted Covid-19 at the beginning of November and was treated at various hospitals in Nairobi for three weeks.