Njonjo passes on at 101 years
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday, January 2, announced the demise of veteran politician Charles Mugane Njonjo.
"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.
Hon. Njonjo, the only surviving member of Kenya's independence Cabinet, passed away peacefully at 5am this morning at the age of 101 years.
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 President stated.
The Head of State went on to thank the politician for his selfless contribution towards the post independence era. Njonjo served as the first Attorney General between 1963 and 1979.
He added that the country will be indebted to Njonjo and his generation for setting the pace in the country's politics.
"As a nation, we owe a debt of gratitude to Hon. Njonjo and his generation of independence era leaders for their selfless contribution to the laying of the solid foundation upon which our country continues to thrive.
"Kenya's progressive constitutional and legal regime owes its robustness to Hon. Njonjo's splendid work when he served as the country's first post-independence Attorney General between 1963 and 1979, and as Constitutional Affairs Minister between 1980 and 1983," the President pointed out.