NASSIR ABDALLAH TAIB
patriot who served community
humility and dedication
Thousands of mourners attended the burial of the longest serving
Member of Parliament from Coast Province, Sheriff Nassir Abdallah Taib,
held at Sarigoi Muslim cemetery last Sunday.
Majengo sub-branch vice-chairman, Ibrahim Khamis Zito said Nassir's
burial was attended by a record of mourners.
in my life, I have never seen so many people having attended the
burial the way they came out to bury our hero," added Zito.
Nassir who served as Mvita MP for 24 years, passed away in the
morning hours on Sunday, November 27 when he was rushed to
collapsed at his Ganjoni house at around 6.15 a.m. and was
rushed to Mombasa Hospital where the doctor pronounced him
dead on arrival.
body was taken to his Majengo family house where relatives,
friends and politicians flocked and paid their last respect.
ran high as mourners cried loudly and uncontrollably with
others reciting verses from the Quran and offering prayers.
prayers for the late Nassir were held at Mussa Mosque before
the biggest procession headed to the Sarigoi Muslim cemetery
where he was buried.
IN his prime
- Home Affairs Minister
Hon. Sheriff Nassir
Abdallah Taib, long
serving Mvita MP, KANU
Mombasa chairman and
veteran Coast politician
the prominent politicians who attended the burial were the leaders of
the official opposition party, Uhuru Kenyatta, Mombasa Mayor Taib Ali
Taib and former ministers, Raila Odinga, Najib Balala and Morris Dzoro.
included MPs, Ramadhan Seif Kajembe, William Ruto, Ali Wario, Gideon
Moi, Abu Chiaba and Fahim Twaha.
MPs, Rashid Sajjad, Mohamed Hashim, Mohamed Jahazi, Chibule wa Tsuma
and former Malindi Mayor Gideon Mungaro, were also present.
his message of condolences, President Mwai Kibaki described the late
Mr Nassir as a patriot who served the Kenyan community with humility
President Daniel arap Moi who was Mr Nassir's personal friend, said
the deceased would be remembered for his astuteness in mobilizing the
masses for any cause he believed in.
Moody Awori said the death has robbed Kenyans of a great person who
had interests of his people at heart.
VP described the former Minister of State as a good Kenyan who played
a major role in improving the living standards of his people.
said he had known Mr Nassir for over 20 years as a principled
national chairman Uhuru Kenyatta said the late Nassir was like his
father adding that the death has robbed the country of a principled,
staunch and unwavering member of opposition party, Kanu.
messages of condolences came from former Saudi Arabian
Ambassador, HE Said Hemed Said, Mr Jahazi, former Mombasa
Mayor Rajab Sumba and Kanu executive officer, Julius Sunkuli.
Mvita branch executive committee led by its vice-chairman
Mohamed Said Abdalla felt the branch has lost a leader whose
leadership qualities cannot be matched and that he has left a
gap which would be difficult to be filled.
branch will hold special prayers (Khitma) for the late Mr Nassir at
Kanu headquarters in Majengo tomorrow (Saturday) from 4.30 p.m.
Nassir was born in 1926 in Lamu and was educated at Serani primary
School (formerly known as Arab Boys School) and Shimo la Tewa
Secondary School where he took junior and senior Cambridge
joined politics before independence where he was one of the top Coast
Peoples Party (CPP) leaders.
independence, Mr Nassir joined Kenya African Democratic Union (KADU)
whose leader was former Cabinet Minister in Mzee Jomo Kenyatta's
regime, the late Mr Ronald G Ngala.
KADU was disbanded, Mr Ngala and Mr Nassir joined the Kenya African
National Union (KANU), former being the chairman of the Mombasa branch
with the later as vice-chairman.
Nassir was a Councillor representing Makadara ward before he was
elected the Mombasa Central (now Mvita) Member of Parliament when he
defeated Mr Jahazi during the 1974 general elections.
continued to be the area MP until the 2002 general elections when he
lost the seat he occupied for 24 years to the current MP Mr Najib
hen Mr Ngala died in 1972, Mr Nassir took over the branch
later became the Mvita branch chairman till his death.
prayers have been held at Khonzi, Nuurein (TSS), Sheikh Jundani and
Swaleh Abdallah Taib, a younger brother of the late Nassir, thanked
all those who participated in one way or another in the funeral
family is happy that the funeral of our beloved family member was
attended by a record crowd which is a testimony that he was a good
man," said Taib on behalf of Mr Nassir's family.
the Almighty Allah rest his soul in eternal peace, Amin.