Kenya’s first post-independence Attorney General Charles Njonjo, popularly referred to as “The Duke of Kabeteshire”, has died at the age of 101. President Uhuru Kenyatta expressed condolences in a message. He said Njonjo died peacefully at 5 a.m. on Sunday.“It is with a heavy heart that I have this morning, Sunday 2nd January 2022, received the sad and heartbreaking news of the passing away of Hon. Charles Mugane Njonjo,” Kenyatta remarked.
Njonjo was the lone survivor of Kenya’s first Cabinet. “The passing away of Hon. Njonjo is a big blow not only to his immediate family, friends and relatives but to all Kenyans and indeed, the entire African continent because of his leading role in the founding of the Kenyan nation at independence,” the Head of State stated.
Kenya owes a debt of appreciation to Njonjo and his generation of independence-era leaders for their selfless contribution to creating the solid basis upon which our country continues to grow. Between 1963 to 1979, Njonjo served as the country’s first post-independence Attorney General, then from 1980 to 1983 as Minister of Constitutional Affairs. Charles Njonjo has been cremated at Kariokor Hindu Crematorium as part of his last wishes.
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