Matungu MP Justus Murunga has succumbed to COVID-19 at St Mary's Mission Hospital in Mumias.

Reports indicated that the MP was also battling diabetes.

Murunga died on Saturday night after developing breathing complications while being rushed to a local hospital in the region.

Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya was among the first leaders to send condolences to his family, describing him as a hardworking and selfless leader. 

“I am deeply saddened by his death which has robbed Kakamega a focused leader whose contribution in development of our county will be missed,” he said. 

There was no immediate confirmation on reports that he succumbed to COVID-19 that has felled more than 1,200 people in the country since March. 

He had been receiving treatment at the Aga Khan Hospital in Kisumu until last week when he was discharged.

According to the Nation, earlier in the day, Murunga had welcomed guests at his home and even made plans for the installation of a water tank.