The family of Mzee led by our Mum, Our County Assembly Speaker Hon. John Gichohi Kaguchia, Cyrus and your Sisters, the larger family of Kaguchia, fellow mourners, I join you today in celebration of a life well lived and worthy emulating.
The story of Mzee Richard Gichohi is a story of sheer determination and resilience, which exemplifies a "never say die" spirit.
When his story is told, it will be remembered how he and Mum overcame all the challenges thrown their way as they eked out a living to bring up their family with hardly anything much on the table.
I had the pleasure and single privilege of knowing Mzee as a friend and also as a mentor. He made many unannounced visits to my office and his trademark smile was the fore bringer of huge nuggets of wisdom. He was extremely proud of his son John and would regale me with stories of his schooling. It was quite a struggle to get him through school but he made it. He was a fighter per excellence.
Today as we lay Mzee Kaguchia to rest, we must pause and celebrate him for his forthrightness, his resilience and development. I recall the last time I met him as we delivered water pipes to the Thiha Micro project and his strong call towards transparency. He believed that things must be done right. We too must build on that and live it too.
I am reminded of the words of Job 14:1-2
"Man who is born of a woman is few of days and full of trouble. 2. He comes out like a flower and withers; he flees like a shadow and continues not. Mzee Richard has just flown to the next world to be with his maker. We can hear him in his characteristic laughter saying to us;
Do not stand
By my grave, and weep.
I am not there,
I do not sleep
I am the thousand winds that blow
I am the diamond glints in snow
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle, autumn rain.
As you awake with morning’s hush,
I am the swift, up-flinging rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight,
I am the day transcending night.
Do not stand
By my grave, and cry
I am not there,
I did not die.
So to Mum and the family we say, take strength in The Lord. The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe. You shall be safe in God's hands. To Mzee we say
In the memories we have of you, you will be immortalised forever. Fare thee well
Faithful servant. May the Angels of God receive you into God's heavenly abode.
Rest in Eternal peace.
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