“He said he would be strong. So, when the call came this morning that he had left us, it was a shock to all of us.”
Mrs Nyenze said her husband had visited various countries to seek treatment.
“He’s had cancer of the colon from around 2008,” said Mrs Nyenze. “At first, he was treated and it was okay. It came back in 2013 and, from that time, he’s really fought.”
Mr Nyenze, a third-term MP, chaired the parliamentary committee that investigated pyramid schemes. The Kanu-era Cabinet minister was the National Assembly Minority Leader in the last Parliament.
He is survived by his widow and their three children — Eric, 30, Ruth, 26, and Grace, 23.
“He’s the best thing that God has ever given me,” Mrs Nyenze eulogised her husband. “He was a very loving husband, a politician but faithful to the family, faithful to the wife.
The body was transferred to Lee Funeral Home.
Leaders who visited the mortuary to pay their respects included Water Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana and Kenya’s Ambassador to Turkey Kiema Kilonzo.
Others were MPs Daniel Maanzo (Makueni), Joshua Mwalyo (Masinga), Jessica Mbalu (Kibwezi East), Patrick Makau (Mavoko), Suleiman Dori (Msambweni) and Ben Momanyi (Borabu).
“When you talk about sobriety and maturity in the politics of this country, Honourable Nyenze had his place,” said Mr Wamalwa.
Prof Kibwana said: “We remember him for being a very reconciliatory person.”
Mr Kilonzo remembered Mr Nyenze as one of the Ukambani leaders who fought for multi-party democracy while Mr Wambua said the MP accommodated divergent views.