A lecturer in the Department of Spatial Planning at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology (JOOUST) Dr. Naomi Apali Mogoria was laid to rest at her Amagoro residence in Teso North, Busia on Saturday.
She was a remarkable woman who, at the age of 54, leaves behind a legacy of service and expertise, with four children, the youngest being 18 years old.
Dr. Naomi’s credentials were as diverse as they were impressive; she was a registered physical planner, an expert in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), a certified mediator, and a gender consultant.
Furthermore, she was a member of the Kenya Institute of Planners and actively participated in the CITAM Church Kisumu, serving as an elder and chairing the Ad Hoc committee on the classification of urban areas.
Governor Otuoma offered heartfelt condolences, praising Dr. Naomi for her humility, unwavering faith, and wholehearted dedication to serving the Lord.
He acknowledged her husband, Daniel Mogoria, who had run for office in 2022, highlighting his commitment to public service and his focus on delivering for the people of Busia.
Additionally, the former Governor Sospeter Ojaamong reminisced about working with Dr. Naomi during his tenure as county chief, where she excelled in spatial planning.
He also commended Daniel Mogoria for his diligence and service during his tenure as Chief Officer for Education and Vocational Training.
Cabinet Minister for Roads and Public Works, Papa Paul Sande Emolot, delivered condolences on behalf of Iteso Cultural leader Papa Emormor, who was absent due to his coronation ceremony in Soroti.
Dr. Naomi was celebrated by Pastor Justus Mugambi of CITAM as a devout Christian who contributed significantly to various church committees, including education.
Patrick Omutia, Special Secretary for Intergovernmental Budget and Economic Affairs, shared a personal connection with her, having completed his practicum within her family.
In his tribute, Daniel Mogoria lovingly remembered his wife, acknowledging her as the best part of his life.
Also in attendance were the Busia Governor H.E Dr. Paul Otuoma, Deputy Governor Arthur Odera, former Governor Sospeter Ojaamong, Teso North MP Oku Kaunya, Teso South MP Mary Emaase, Deputy Speaker Ronald Ochalu, and Patrick Omutia from the Deputy President’s Office, alongside numerous lecturers, among others.
By Gilbert Ochieng
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