Charles Njonjo died peacefully this morning at around 5AM, aged 101 years.
He was the only surviving member of the independence cabinet.
Charles Njonjo served as the attorney general of the republic of Kenya between 1963 to 1979.
The news of his death has hit the airwaves moments ago courtesy of statehouse.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has already conveyed his message of condolence to the family of the late Charles Njonjo.
MESSAGE OF CONDOLENCE FROM H.E HON. UHURU KENYATTA FOLLOWING THE DEATH OF HON. 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 101 years.
The passing away of Hon. Njonjo is an enormous 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.
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 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.
On behalf of the Kenyan nation, my family and on my behalf, I send deepest and heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and relatives of Hon. Njonjo, and indeed all Kenyans.
May God the Almighty grant each one of us grace and fortitude as we mourn and come to terms with the passing away of Hon. Charles Mugane Njonjo, who was not only our national hero but an icon of Kenya’s progress through the years.
May God the Almighty rest the soul of Hon. Charles Mugane Njonjo in eternal peace.
HON. UHURU KENYATTA, C.G.H.
PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA
NAIROBI, 2nd January 2022