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By Samedi wa Makemba

Former Mombasa mayor Sharrif Ali Shekue has died.

Mr Shekue died Monday at his mother’s home in Makadara, Mombasa County.

His relatives said Mr Shekue had been ailing for some time. He suffered from diabetes, hypertension and had high cholesterol.

Shekue, 52, collapsed in his bathroom on Monday and was later pronounced dead.

His daughter, Shahma Shariff, said her father had been in stable condition. “His condition had been normal. I checked on him and he was normal,” she said.

Shahma said that she was headed to work when she received a call that her father had collapsed and she should be accompanied by a doctor.

When they arrived and the doctor pronounced him dead.

“When I came, I realised that he was dead, but my cousin had hopes, saying that he was still alive and that we should call a doctor, so we did and that is when the doctor came to confirm that he was really dead,” Shahma said.

Mr Shekue has been an active politician in Mombasa since 1983 when he was the Kanu party chairman for Mwembe Tayari Ward.

He was known for his mobilisation skills at the grassroots level, according to Abdulrahman Abdallah who served as the Kanu organising secretary under Mr Shekue.

Mr Ahmed Mohdhar, who also served as a mayor of Mombasa, said that together with Mr Shekue, they vied for councillor positions in 1993. Mr Shekue later served as Mombasa deputy mayor under Mr Taib Ali Taib before contesting for the mayor’s seat.

Until his death, Mr Shekue was a Jubilee Party member and had plans to contest for the Mvita MP’s seat in the 2022 General Election.

Mr Shekue was buried today (Monday) after the 4pm prayers, as per the Muslim faith.

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