• After receiving her certificate from Nairobi County Returning Officer Albert Gogo, an emotional Passaris broke into tears and dedicated her win to her father.

• "As I dedicate myself to serving this great county of Nairobi, I want to dedicate this win to my father who passed away in January. He is not here to see me win,"  she said.

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Esther Passaris with her late father in a file photo
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Esther Passaris was overcome with emotion after her win as the Nairobi Woman's Rep and dedicated her win to her late father, Eleftherious Passaris.

Passaris who won the seat after beating her main rival Senator Millicent Omanga, broke into tears after being awarded the certificate from Nairobi County Returning Officer Albert Gogo

"As I dedicate myself to serving this great county of Nairobi, I want to dedicate this win to my father who passed away in January. He is not here to see me win,"  a tearful Passaris started.

"I want to say daddy, as I dedicate this win to you, I will do everything that you taught me to serve with integrity, compassion, with the spirit of God in everything I do. I will do all that in your honour for the great people of the county of Nairobi," she finished.

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Esther Passaris with her family in a file photo
Image: Instagram

In January this year, she lost her 79-year-old father who was a naval architect and of Greek origin. Passaris was always close to her father who was a strict disciplinarian who raised her along with her 3 sisters and one brother.

"Even when we used to go to the disco, he would be there watching us from the side. He was very hands-on and very protective. He used to have an extension in his bedroom when our friends would call us, we would say the big ear is on the phone (referring to her father). He would be listening to our conversations," she told Kenyans.co.ke in an October 2019 interview.

While announcing his demise in January, she also described her 79-year-old father as a loving husband, an incredible dad, and a doting Papou (grandfather).

"A part of me has died today. The heavens opened and ended my father's suffering," she wrote in her eulogy.

"A naval architect by profession, my dad achieved a lot in his 79 years. From building the first ship in Kenya, the MV Mwewe, to coaching and mentoring the young men of Ngome Football Club in Mombasa."

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