Senate staff dies in Dubai

A senior research staff attached to the senate has passed on in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) while on official duty.

The deceased Wellington Namenge Ogoya was an officer in the Directorate of Parliamentary Research Services deployed to the senate and had travelled with the committee on Energy.

The staffer is reported to have been unresponsive and didn’t wake up on Monday.

According to senate clerk Jeremiah Nyegenye, quoting the forensic report by the Dubai authorities, Namenge succumbed to natural causes after he failed to wake up.

“Namenge passed away on February 13th, 2023 while on official duty with the committee on Energy in Dubai,” reads Nyegenge’s internal memo to staff following the untimely demise of Namenge.

Kenya Ambassador to UAE Kariuki Mugwe said the body of Namenge is already at a Dubai Mogue and the Kenyan Embassy/consulate is seized of the matter.

“The embassy will handle the matter. The report is out. The cause of death was natural,” the diplomat is reported to have informed parliament.

He added “It will take two to three days for the body to be released. The Dubai authorities will handle the entire process and the body shall be released for travel by Thursday.”

Some of the legislators the deceased accompanied to Dubai have viewed his remains, alongside Public Service and Gender Cabinet Secretary (CS) Aisha Jumwa, who is also in Dubai for a meeting.

Nyegenye has eulogized Namenge as an exuberant individual of exceptional commitment, passion, and courage.

“He was principled and patriotic staffer of integrity who was steadfast in his service to parliament and his country. His death is a big loss to the Parliamentary Service and the parliamentary fraternity,” said Nyegenye.

The clerk stated that Namenge joined the Parliamentary Service in 2008 as an officer in the office of Chris Okemo, then a commissioner of the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC).

He is reported to have joined the Parliamentary Research Services thereafter in March 2013 where he served until his demise.

Nyegenye announced that a condolence book has been opened in the office of the deputy clerk for members and staff who want to convey their condolences to the family of Namenge



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