Dr. Hezron Manduku a former assistant for foreign affairs and MP of Nyaribari Masaba passed away on Saturday night at Nairobi Hospital. Dr. Hezron Manduku died after staying in ICU for close to two weeks without any signs of recovery. Dr. Manduku died on Saturday night at the age of 79 after battling a terminal illness for a long time. He is one of the country’s pioneer medical entrepreneurs, having set up Hema Hospital in earlier 1970s.
Hema Hospital has been the best hospital in the region. It has been serving even neighboring counties that are Homabay, Nyamira, and Migori. The hospital which is Level four-category has one of the best facilities and medics.
In 1975 Dr. Hezron Manduku established his own private hospital in Kisii; Hema Hospital – which became a key medical services provider in the larger Gusii region and the neighboring towns such as Migori and Homa Bay.
Dr. Hezron Manduku was born in 1941 and attended Nyanturago Primary School then later Kasubi College of Uganda before joining Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow, where he graduated with a degree in medicine in 1969.
He returned to Kenya and worked as a medical doctor at the Kenyatta National Hospital and later as Nyanza, Kakamega and Meru Medical Officer of Health (MOH).
Dr. Hezron Manduku was first elected to parliament in 1992 after beating Prof Sam Ongeri who is the current Senator of Kisii. Upon winning elections he was appointed as assistant foreign affairs minister during Moi tenure. But later in 1997, he lost the seat but only to recapture it in 2002 elections under Ford People Party.
He is remembered as one of the few MPs who operated the CDF without a CDF office. Under his leadership, he built a social in Masimba to serve the citizen of the constituency. He is a successful businessperson having run Hema Coffee Millers and Hema Hospital in Kisii town.
On Sunday several leaders in Gusii region led by Kisii County Governor flocked this home in Nyanturago. Governor Ongwae described Dr. Hezron Manduku has an honest and humble person.
Kisii Deputy Governor Dr. Joash Maangi who accompanied the governor described the late as a successful businessman who will always be remembered for his visionary leadership that transformed the lives of many particularly in his constituency of Nyaribari Masaba.
“He will be remembered for coming up with Hema Hospital, one of the biggest private hospitals in the region at a time member of the community could travel a long distance to seek health services.”
Family Spokesman Jeremiah Matagaro, while addressing media confirmed the incident and said his body has been moved to Lee Funeral Home.