With CM Pema Khandu – File pic
* Chopper to fly body here today
By A O News Service
ITANAGAR | Sept 04 | Likabali MLA-cum-Health Minister Jomde Kena fighting for his prolonged chronic aliment, breathed his last at Guwahati-based private hospital at 9.15 pm on Monday in presence of his family members and a group of his lawmaker colleagues.
He was 52 and left behind his wife and five children. Kena after treatment was shifted from New Delhi to Guwahati and treated at Swagat Super Specialty Hospital before being shifted to Nemcare Hospital, according to sources.
SJETA & WCD Parliamentary Secretary Gojen Gadi, flanked by his colleagues Phurpa Tsering, Nyamar Karbak and attending physician Dr Tatar Kena, told this daily over telephone, “he left this mortal world leaving us to grieve”.
His mortal remains would be brought to Itanagar on Tuesday by helicopter to state capital for the people to pay their last respect before being flown to Likabali for his last rites.
Kena was first elected with INC ticket to assembly in 2004 from Likabali in West Siang district and re-elected in 2009. He served as IT, S&T and tourism parliamentary secretary under the Dorjee Khandu and Jarbom Gamlin ministries. He was elected as deputy speaker in a special session on 08.12.11 when Wanglin Lowangdong and Nabam Tuki were speaker and CM respectively.
Chief Minister Pema Khandu led the state mourners in expressing shock and grief over the sad demise of his Cabinet colleague.
Khandu, in New Delhi on official tour, conveyed his deepest condolences to the bereaved family members and the people, especially of Likabali assembly constituency whom he represented in the assembly.
“Words cannot describe the pain you go through when you lose a dear friend, a colleague and a guide who was always around to support, advise and show the way ahead despite hard times. The sudden demise of e Kena, who as a member of Team Arunachal, had just started to bring reforms in the health department, is a bolt from nowhere,” he said in his condolence message.
“In his demise, our state has lost a seasoned politician and I have lost an elder brother, who was more than a friend,” Khandu said.
“On behalf of the people, I convey my deep condolences to the members of his family, friends and well wishers. I pray for his soul to rest in eternal peace,” the message added.
State BJP general secretary Jarpum Gamlin, who mourned on behalf of the party, informed that the moral remains would arrive at Naharlagun Helipad around 8.30 am. All lawmakers, BJP leaders and well wishers are expected to pay their last respect to the departed leader before his mortal remains would be flown to Likablai for last rites.
APCC president Takam Sanjoy and former CM NabamTuki expressed deep shock at his untimely passing away, which they described as an irreparable loss for the state and prayed for the departed soul to rest in eternal peace.
“Health Minister Jomde Kena is no more. My deepest condolences to his family. He was such a good hearted person”, Union MoS Kiren Rijiju tweeted.
It may be recalled here that the same ailment reportedly had snatched away trend settler law makers Jarbom Gamlin (former CM) and Setong Sena on 30.11.14 and on 25.01.15 respectively.