The Chairman of Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) Henry Musemate Murwa has been mourned as a great visionary leader.
The KURA Board led by Director General Silas Kinoti said they had lost a ‘father figure’ who was instrumental in creating an excellent KURA and stakeholders’ relationship.
“He was instrumental in creating a good Board culture and effective management. His leadership skills will forever be missed,” Engineer Kinoti said.
The late Musemate was a surveyor by profession.
He was 62 years old and father of three.
He died after a short illness on 6th November.
The Board members were speaking on Saturday during the funeral Service at the Friends International Church Center on Ngong Road
“Surveyor Henry Murwa was nominated to the Institute of Surveyors of Kenya and gazetted to the Board of KURA as per the provisions of the Kenya Roads act 2007. We worked with Murwa for the 5 years, Kinoti said.
He added that they worked closely with him adding that he was an accomplished surveyor who has left a big impact at KURA and Kenya.
He joined KURA in 2016 and was the acting Board Chairman till the 6th of October 2021. On the 6th of October 2021, President Uhuru Kenyatta gazetted him as the substantive chairman. He died on 6th November- a month in office.
The late Chairman’s younger brother Amos Murwa said he was a visionary leader who always looked at the “bigger picture”.
“We as his colleagues are greatly touched by his departure. He was our father, he was our guide, beacon light as the KURA Board,” said Issac Githui a Board member.
Charles Chiuri another member of KURA Board who joined the Board in 2019 said Henry was a good leader who united the Board.
Board members Basil Nyaga and Engineer James Kung’u said Henry was an elder and gave a lot of guidance to the Board.
The late Musemate was born in 1959 in Muranda Location of Kakamega County.
He graduated from the University of Nairobi 1986 with a BSc in Surveying and Photogrammetry.
He also founded his own firm now known as Digmap Geosystems.
Musamate was laid to rest on Saturday 20th November at his home in Naitiri scheme, Makhanga Sublocation, Shihilila Village in Bungoma County.