President William Ruto has mourned the death of Baringo deputy governor Charles Kipng'ok.
The DG passed away on Wednesday, while he waited to board a plane to Mombasa where he was to attend the Governors' induction.
Ruto described Kipg'ok as a friend and mourned him as a distinguished public servant whose track record is admirable.
"The sudden death of my friend Charles Kipng'ok is a big blow not only to his family, friends, Government and residents of Baringo County but to the entire country, especially the tea sub-sector where he excelled for decades," Ruto said.
"It is extremely unfortunate that the unforgiving hand of death has robbed our country of Hon Kipng'ok at the start of his term as Deputy Governor, a role that would have enabled him to contribute to the transformation of Baringo County."
Ruto further sent a message of goodwill to the family of the deputy governor and people of Baringo for the huge loss.
"To the family of Hon Kipng'ok, Governor Benjamin Cheboi and the people of Baringo County, I pray that God the Almighty grant you the fortitude and comfort to overcome the loss of your kin, colleague and leader."
The late developed breathing problems at JKIA while on the way to Mombasa, Kenya Airways said in a statement.
"Kenya Airways PLC (KQ) regrets to announce that a passenger developed breathing difficulties this evening while boarding KQ612 that was scheduled to depart for Mombasa at 1900hrs," it read.
The deputy governor was pronounced dead by the medical personnel before the plane took off.