ODM Leader Raila Odinga and Former Bumula South MP Lawrence Sifuna
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Former Bungoma South (now Kanduyi)  MP Lawrence Sifuna is dead.

Sifuna who also served as Bumula MP was pronounced dead on Sunday morning by the ODM party.

The former MP is a family member of ODM SG and Nairobi Senator Edwin Sifuna. He is the brother of Senator Sifuna's father.

At the time of his death, Sifuna was an ODM party member.

"We commiserate with the family of our SG Edwin Sifuna, friends and relatives following the loss of the Hon. Lawrence Sifuna," ODM statement on X platform read.

"Hon. Sifuna was a Life Member of the ODM party. May his soul RIP."

He was first elected as MP  on November 8, 1979, in the then-larger Bungoma South constituency. He was re-elected in 1983 too.

He lost to a former North Eastern Provincial Commissioner Maurice Makhanu in the 1988 General Election after Bungoma South constituency was renamed Kanduyi.

Sifuna recaptured the seat during the first multi-party General Election of 1992 on a Ford Asili ticket.

The former MP was one of the left-wing members of parliament in the 1980s (a.k.a. the seven bearded sisters) who persistently fought Attorney General Charles Njonjo and government policies that clamped down on the basic human rights of Kenyans.

Others included Koigi wa Wamwere, James Orengo, Abuya Abuya, Chibule wa Tsuma, Onyango Midika, Mwashengu wa Mwachofi and Philomena Chelangat Mutai.

They are part of the larger group that fought for Kenya's second liberation