|President Uhuru Kenyatta lays a wreath at Martin Malinda's grave|
Malinda was the Secretary of MCDF from its inception two years ago and was considered by many, including its chairman Mr Tito Musyoka as its driving force.
‘Martin was the engine of the MCDF. He donated office space. He gave his ideas and valuable time at no charge. Besides, Martin gave his energy to MCDF in his quest to see us succeed, Mr Musyoka said in his message of condolence read at his burial by Editor of The Anchor, who is also member of the MCDF Mr Martin Masai. MCDF send a strong delegation of over 15 members, led by its treasurer Mrs Martha Mulwa.
Among those attending the burial were a former schoolmate of the late Malinda- newly elected President Uhuru Kenyatta and Water and Irrigation Minister Mrs Charity Ngilu. Martin was a friend of Ngilu’s late husband Engineer Michael Ngilu.
The burial took place at the Malinda Family home in Kibau village in Mwala constituency Machakos County.
Martin and Uhuru went to the prestigious St.Mary’s school in Nairobi where the late Malinda was made the second “African” head boy after his now deceased elder brother, Paul .
Uhuru eulogized the late Malinda as a dependable, fond and social person who supported and encouraged them in whatever they were doing. “I have come here to pay my respects to a dear friend and condole with his family,relatives and friends”,said the president .
He recalled how the late Malinda,a Jimmy Mathenge and a huge Nigerian student at St Mary’s school “Punished” some white students for calling the few black students “Nyeuthi” (blacks).
The deceased was the owner of Martian Communications Limited which is the sole distributor for TeamBoard in East Africa, which is a Canadian company that is a global leader in the manufacture and marketing of interactive whiteboard technologies.
The late Malinda died at the Nairobi hospital on on March 17,2013 following a massive heart attack. Heleaves behind a widow and two children.
Also at the burial were Mwala MP elect Eng.Vincent Musyoka,Eastern PC Cleare Amollo,Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko Mbuvi, Nairobi women Representative Rachael Shebesh,Machakos County Commissioner Anne Gakuria and former Kibwezi MP Agnes Ndetei among others.
Mrs Ngilu congratulated Uhuru upon his election and told him Kenyans were looking upon him to deliver on his Jubilee coalition election pledges.
Mwala MP elect asked Uhuru to consider the possibility of tarmacking the Makutano-Kithimani road to ease communication in the constituency.