Dr. Hezron Manduku is a brand man of his repute. Being the former assistant minister of Foreign Affairs in the 90’s, Gusii Star explores the life and tale of the Renowned proprietor of the HEMA hospital brand.
So who is Hezron Manduku? What do you know about him?
Many knew him for his political roles as a Member of Parliament for Nyaribari Masaba constituency for two terms starting 1992-1997, then 2002-2007. Apart from this Dr Manduku also served in the Foreign Affairs Ministry as an assistant Minister from 1993 to 1997.
Born in 1941, Hezron attended Nyanturago Primary School and Gesusu Intermediate School for his primary and secondary education respectively. Dr Manduku will be remembered as an astute politician and businessman from Kisii County who gave residents what they wanted and desired as a businessman and both as a politician.
He studied in Kenya, Uganda and Russia, Later on, Manduku joined Kasubi College in Uganda before relocating to Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow where he attained a medical degree in 1969.
He was a trained medical surgeon after graduating from medical school, and upon jetting back to Kenya and began his profession as a physician at the Kenyatta National Hospital. Dr. Hezron Manduku was one of the first surgeons in the country. Besides Kenyatta National Hospital, late Manduku also worked at Nyanza Provincial Hospital, Meru District Hospital, and Kakamega Provincial Hospital.
Hezron Manduku started his political journey in 1988 In 1988, Hezron decided to embark in politics, vying for a seat during the one party regime. However, he was unsuccessful as he lost the bid to Professor Sam Ongeri. Later in 1992, he tried again under the multi-party ballot and managed to thrash Professor Ongeri in the KANU nominations round, becoming the Nyaribari Masaba MP.
Unfortunately, Dr. Manduku lost this parliamentary seat in 1997 to Ongeri before reclaiming it again in 2002 under the Ford People Party. During his first period as an MP, Hezron was appointed to be the Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, a position he held from 1993 to 1997. 4.
He owned a private hospital Politics aside, the late Dr. Hezron Manduku began his private medical practice. He pioneered the Hema Hospital, a maternity and nursing home facility in his hometown Kisii in 1975. Hema Hospital became the first-ever private medical centre in western Kenya. The Hema Hospital is one of the significant projects in the late former assistant minister legacy established at a point when most of the public hospitals in the region were struggling with mismanagement.
Furthermore, there were limited health services as thousands of individuals in the Gusii region and adjacent towns traveled long distances to seek health services. After quitting government job, Dr. Manduku focused on running Hema Hospital and Keroka Nursing and Maternity Home.
Hezron Manduku was an entrepreneur Besides his private medical hospital, Dr. Manduku also had other business ventures including the Hema Coffee Millers.
The 79-year-old medic was the chairman of various foundations such as the Shabana FC, Lion Club Kisii/Homa Bay outlet, KUC Football Club, and ASKS Southern Kenya.
The former assistant minister was referred to as ‘one mtumba shirt man’ Dr. Hezron loved his mtumba shirt that he had bought during one of his visits to Mombasa for less than Ksh. 1,000.
According to the late surgeon, he wore his mtumba shirt for more than a decade, and it was still in excellent condition. During an interview, the former minister of foreign affairs confessed that some of his colleagues also bought mtumba shirts and pants but stopped wearing them after a short while.
The late Dr. Manduku was never ashamed about wearing his shirt over and over. Because of this, people started calling him the ‘one mtumba shirt man.’ 8. He passed on while undergoing care for a terminal illness The late Dr. Manduku died while undergoing treatment at the St.John Private Wing Nairobi Hospital on the night of the 10th of August 2019. According to the family of the former Member of Parliament, he had been battling an unknown terminal sickness for quite some time.
Before his death, the former lawmaker was admitted in the ICU but succumbed to the illness on Saturday night. The body of the former assistant minister is lying at the Lee Funeral Home as plans are underway for his burial.
There had been numerous false death reports about him Hezron Manduku had been in the hospital for a while, resulting in several false statements of his passing by bloggers. All these false rumours about Hezron Manduku were trending a week before his actual death. As a result, family and some close friends came out to dispute that Hezron was dead and warned the bloggers from spreading misleading information about the former legislator. Because of this false death reports, when he finally passed on, many thought that it was just another prank by the ruthless bloggers. It only took a confirmation from the family of the late for Kenyans to believe the news of his passing.
He leaves behind a wife and seven children Hezron Manduku wife has been kept away from the limelight, but we know that he had one legal wife throughout his life. Seven children also survive the former legislator. Among Hezron Manduku sons is the prominent Dr. Robert Manduku, who quit working at the Kisii County Government to manage the family business. Hezron Manduku brother, Zedekiah Machoka, expressed that his death was a big blow to the family.
This is because late legislator was a great brother and leader who took care of the family after the loss of their parents. Following his passing, His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta, among many other leaders, sent out a tweet to condone with the late politician’s family and friends.
Hezron Manduku was a visionary leader who transformed the lives of many of his constituents during his tenure. He shall be remembered for his selfless contributions in helping the Gusii community. We are sending our condolences to Hezron Manduku family, friends, and all the people in Kisii whose lives he had touched. May his soul rest in eternal peace