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Dr. George Masafu viewing the body of the late Mzee Webi Sitati. [PHOTO|Nandemu Barasa|West Fm]
Leaders from across the country join friends, family and residents of Lutonyi village, Chebukwabi location in Kimilili District for a send of the late Senior Cheief Jestimore Webi Sitati who passed on at the age of 96 years.
He was born in 1916 in Lutonyi village to the late Jacob Sitati Mubunachi (Omubichachi) and the late Elizabeth Muyoti Sikolia (Omuumbo-Omuwanjala) and brother to the late Jafred Bwisa.
In 1941 the late Mzee Webi was recruited into the East African Armed Forces where he successfully undertook courses in medical, physical training and an officer administration course.
He was progressively promoted to an Army Sergeant, a reasonably high rank during the colonial days. He served in several African countries including Ethiopia, Somalia, Rhodesia, Tanganyika and Burma.
After serving in the army, he undertook a course in commercial trade at the Kenya Institute of Administration (Jeans School) from 1942 to 1946.
In i948 he joined the cooperative movement as an inspector of the cooperative societies covering North Kavirando, Kenya.
He later did an advanced course in cooperative management at the East African School of Cooperative Management, Kabete where he interacted with students from East, Central and Southern Africa. On retirement from Army, he was nominated as a member of Kmilili location.
The late Mzee Webi in 1960 he was appointed as Chief of Kimilili location, which included the current Tongerran area before the late Chief Richard Karani was appointed Chief of Tongaren Area as a chief with The ADC (African District Council).
He served as a Board of Governors (B.O.G) in Friends School Kamusinga from 1960-1971 and in 1971 he was reappointed as a church representative with the B.O.G.
On resigning from the provincial administration, he rejoined the Cooperative movement as an assistant cooperative officer from where he retired in 1973.
The late Mzee Jestimore Webi lived a rich Christian life committed to the Friends Church as a shepherd of his actions, beliefs, words and deeds.
He served as a representative member of the General Board of the ERSF and in 1982 he was appointed as the treasurer of the ERSF until 1991.
The late Mzee Webi served with integrity and trust in his role as the ERSF church trustee and ambassador up until his demise.
Mzee Jestimore Webi leaves behind 5 sons, 2 daughters, 53 grandchildren and 44 great grand children, a total of 106. He passed on, on July 3, 2012 at the Nairobi Womens Hospital.
Several leaders including professionals are among mourners including West Fm Board chairman Dr. Gorge Masafu, Prof. Samson Wanjala, Prof. Webi, Ambassador Webi, area Cllr. John Masinde among other mourners.
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