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BY UPESI REPOTER,14TH NOV,2020-Mombasa County ODM chairman and former Kenya Football Federation chairman Mohammed Hatimy was laid to rest at the Kikowani cemetery on Saturday.
Hatimy died at the Mombasa Hospital on Saturday morning, around 3am, just three days after he was returned to the ICU.
He had tested negative for coronavirus following days of hospitalisation at the same hospital, according to county assembly speaker Aharub Khatri.
However, the disease had already destroyed his lungs, which collapsed at around on Saturday.
He was among seven MCAs who had tested positive for Covid-19 leading to the closure of the Mombasa County Assembly.
Governor Hassan Joho led dignitaries including at least four MPs from Nairobi, Kwale, Kilifi, and Mombasa counties.
They include George Aladwa (Makadara) who represented ODM party leaders Raila Odinga, Abdulswamad Nassir (Mvita), Khatib Mwashetani (Lunga Lunga), and Teddy Mwambire (Ganze).
Others include speaker Khatri, MCAs from Mombasa, Abubakar Joho, who is the Governor’s elder brother, and players and officials from Bandari FC who represented the football fraternity.
Hundreds of residents lined up the streets leading to the Kikowani cemetery where his body was interred.
The leaders described Hatimy as an irreplaceable leader who talked less but did more.
Since entering active politics in the Kanu era, he has consecutively held civic leadership positions without vying for any.
His ability to influence policies and strategy made him a vital cog in both Kanu and ODM.
However, it is in ODM that his status was elevated into a powerful individual who had the party bosses’ ears.