THE NATIONAL COHESION AND INTEGRATION COMMISSION CHAIRPERSON REV. DR. SAMUEL KOBIA EULOGY DURING THE FUNERAL OF THE VICE CHAIRPERSON COMMISSIONER MS. FATUMA TABWARA IN KWALE COUNTY ON 30TH DECEMBER 2019.
Spouse; Mr Fuad Saidi Gofwa
Children (Saudi Fuad Suleiman, Fuad Musa, Fuad Aisha Fuad Leila and Grandson Fuad Said
Members of Parliament Present:
Kwale Women Representative:
NCIC Commissioners and Staff Present:
The People of Kwale County:
Ladies and Gentlemen:
Grief fills our hearts this sad moment not only at the National Cohesion and Integration Commission, but also the entire country at the passing on of our dear colleague and Vice Chairperson, Commissioner Fatuma Tabwara. This sorrow is definitely profound and personal to all of us gathered here. The news of her sudden and untimely departure deeply shocked us. As Commissioners it will take us along time to come to terms with the huge loss, coming as it does, bare two months since we assumed office. But within that short time stint, Commissioner Tabwara has contributed a great deal to the Commission, a proof that the value of a person is seen in what they give and not what they are able to receive. In one word, Commissioner Fatuma was a true patriot who gave all her time and expertise in serving the Kenyan people right from the grassroots level all the way to the national level irrespective of their ethnic, religious and racial background.
The Commission has lost one of the greatest resource persons whose passion was to nurture the youth and women in all aspects of integration, peaceful coexistence as well as cohesion in this country. That is why, dear brothers and sisters, as we are gathered here today to bid our beloved colleague goodbye, I would also wish to speak in celebration of her life. Her life exemplified excellence, inspired emulation, and was a life that burned so that others’ paths were lit.
I have known Commissioner Tabwara since 20th November 2019 when we were appointed by His Excellency the President, Hon Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta as Commissioners to serve on the National Cohesion and Integration Commission. The process leading to the appointment was highly competitive but Commissioner Fatuma excelled. In our first meeting as Commissioners, members unanimously elected Commissioner Fatuma as the Vice Chairperson. This is a testament to the fact that our late Vice Chairperson almost naturally inspires trust and confidence, which are attributes of a great leader. Later on we elected her also as chairperson of Audit Committee.
She was a strategic thinker, a visionary leader who was brilliant, innovative and creative. As such, she contributed much to the development of strategies that would enhance the social cohesion fabric in Kenya. She generously gave her knowledge, her expertise as well as her wealth of experience in enhancing Kenya’s cohesion.
Commissioner Fatuma was deeply committed to the improvement of the welfare of the Commission’s staff at all levels so much that she was being referred to as Mother. She respected and upheld each individual regardless of his or her social, tribal, religion or even academic status. During the two months at the Commission, Commissioner Fatuma, participated in various activities across the country with an aim of bringing Kenyans together. Her last assignment was at Wajir County where she engaged various groups at the county with key message of peace and cohesion. In a public gathering on Saturday 28th December 2019 in Kwale County, Commissioner Fatuma made a passionate appeal to Kenyans to live together as brothers and sisters regardless of their ethnic, religious and racial backgrounds.
An individual of an impeccable integrity, Commissioner Fatuma was living proof of how a fine person should be like. She will be remembered also for her honesty, commitment, fairness, loyalty, and selflessness in service. Many of us found her to be a splendid person of great intellect and a big heart. Death has robbed the Commission and Kenyans at large of a highly intelligent, vibrant, energetic individual with a rare friendliness and charm of a personality. She was genuinely warm and wonderful individual - one we shall miss greatly. Our sorrow is lessened only slightly with the comforting thought that we had the privilege and honor to know and to serve with Commissioner Fatuma Tabwara.
To the close family members, colleagues at the Commission, friends and people of Kwale county our hearts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. As Adlai Stevenson the US Ambassador once commented about a man and his contribution; “it is not in the years that life counts; it is the life in the years.” Ladies and Gentlemen, Commissioner Ms. Fatuma Tabwara lived. We will all miss her. Fare thee well Commissioner Fatuma Tabwara.
May your Soul Rest in perfect peace, and your memory be eternal.
Rev. Dr. Samuel Kobia
Chairman: National Cohesion and Integration Commission.