Jul 28, 2021

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Kalembe Ndile: Man of the people who always cracked blunt jokes

When not joking around to get a strong political message across, Mr. Ndile made self-deprecating comments about his level of education, command of English, and leadership skills.

Throughout his career as a legislator and even after his election, Mr. Ndile distinguished himself as a man of the people who was always proud of his roots.

Popularly known as ‘Mwana’a Squatter’, a squatter’s child, He packed and sold himself as a man who rose to the seat of power in Parliament out of nowhere – cleaning toilets, burning charcoal and haggling honey -.

He wore that face like a badge of honor, always happy to show it and take advantage of the opportunity when the opportunity presents itself.

The relocation of hundreds of squatters who were evicted from the Chyullu Hills by the government and the construction of essential infrastructure such as poli Wards, infirmaries, and funerals remain indelible memories among his followers.


But they will also remember him for controversy. In his 2002 election campaign message, for example, he promised to press for the domestication of elephants that terrorized the residents of the regions bordering the Chyullu Hills, Tsavo East and Tsavo West national parks.

“As soon as I am an MP, we should begin to domesticate elephants and use them to cultivate our land, “he said.

He won the election with a Narc party ticket and, among other things, beat the incumbent Onesmas Mutinda Mboko, their election campaign “pounded” against Mr. Ndiles. unrealistic promise of “huge domestication.

But despite all odds, the man who wanted to take on such a majestic animal as the elephant – just like his struggle to get MPs against political heavyweights in terms of money and money experience – carried the day.

At this point, Mr. Ndile, who had started his political career in 1997 as a councilor in the defunct Makueni County Council, did not know that he would become Deputy Minister of Wildlife in the Government of President Mwai Kibaki.

While Failing After elephants were milked and farms plowed, he used his proximity to power to finally push for the relocation of hundreds of squatters who the government out of the Chyullu Hills had a 25,925 acre settlement scheme in Makindu in which the squatters remain. One of the villages in the program is known as Kalembe Laa in honor of the fallen legislature.

The land was previously grazed by the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization.

In its Message of Condolence from the Governor von Makueni, Kivutha Kibwana, called for the land to be swiftly degassed in honor of Mr. Ndile.

The two had worked together to combat powerful individuals who had been given huge plots of land by the government of President Daniel Moi for the Suffering of the landless in what is now Makueni County.

In this way, Mr. Ndile continued to build his political capital. After the constituency of Kibwezi was split into the constituencies of Kibwezi West and Kibwezi East and was spurred on by the resettlement of squatters, Mr Ndile competed in Kibwezi West but lost to the little-known independent candidate Patrick Musimba.

Defeated , Mr. Ndile moved to Mlolongo Township in Machakos County and started a business empire that includes a restaurant. He was selected by President Uhuru Kenyatta and hired as a member of the Tanathi Water Services Board, but he had not given up politics until his death.

Murky Waters

The Survival of Mr Ndile Political experts have repeatedly guessed in The murky waters of politics. Scores attribute survival to being genuinely attuned to the needs of his constituents, boldness, and political awareness. “He was brave and used his sense of humor to convey very serious points,” said wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka in his condolence message.

Mr. Ndile vied unsuccessfully for the Mavoko constituency seat on an anniversary party ticket in the 2017 General Election. However, he remained a force to be reckoned with in politics. Often blamed for his limited training, Mr Ndile wiped the criticism and often insisted that leadership should not be tied to academic qualifications.

He often told the story that he did not get his high school diploma, because he hadn’t cleared fees, only to find out that the school had closed years later when he picked it up after making some money.

He would take exams in the UK curriculum again later and failed. “I had some Ds, but it doesn’t matter, I have the papers,” he said in an interview.

Mr Ndile got sick in March and was in and out of hospitals. The 57-year-old father of 10 had organ failure. “He succumbed to pancreatic and kidney failure while being treated for cirrhosis of the liver,” said his nephew Nzioki Kimilu, who was hospitalized with his uncle’s side, on the phone to the nation.

President Kenyatta, his deputy William Ruto, ODM leader Raila Odinga and Mr Musyoka led the Kenyans to pay fervent tributes to the politician.