President Uhuru Kenyatta has described the late Lieutenant General (Rtd.) Jackson Munyao as a selfless patriot who served the nation diligently.
President Kenyatta said this on Tuesday in a message of condolence read on his behalf by the Defense Cabinet Secretary (CS) Monica Juma during the burial of the late Munyao (83) at his Watuka home in Mbooni East subcounty.
The President said Munyao would be remembered as an illustrious soldier who gave his all for the betterment of his country.
“In this moment of his passing, my thoughts as the Commander-in-Chief and my prayers go to his family and to the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) fraternity. We as the nation treasure and honour the late Lt Gen (Rtd) Munyao as a career soldier whose service to this nation was selfless,” said the Head of State.
Further, President Kenyatta said Munyao was a soldier with inspirational and outstanding qualities that earned high admiration and respect from his peers, friends as well as his subordinates.
“Jack as he was fondly called by his peers stands out as an icon in KDF and he will be remembered as such. His outstanding qualities earned him admiration and respect from his peers, friends as well as his subordinates in equal measure,” said President Kenyatta.
The Head of State said Munyao’s excellence in the military service was propelled by his devotion and strong determination to education where he was the first indigenous Kenyan cadet to be admitted to Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, United Kingdom in 1963.
The President wished the family and friends of the departed soldier God’s grace and comfort.
Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana described Munyao as a good friendly man who related well with family, neighbours and friends.
“Even if one is a very powerful person in military or politics, at the end of the day you come home to the family, to God, and to the neighbours and this is a great lesson we should learn from the General,” Kibwana said.
Also present at the burial ceremony was the Vice Chief of the Defence Forces, Lt Gen Francis Ogolla, Lt Gen Kendagor, Makueni County Commissioner Maalim Mohammed and several retired generals including former Chief of General Staff, General Jeremiah Kianga.
Munyao rose through the ranks up to the position of the Lieutenant General and served as the Vice Chief of General staff in 1997 to 1998 when he retired.