Jan 25, 2022

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Controversies that marred Charles Njonjo’s life

1. In 2013, when participating in the bid of former Kiambaa MP Stanley Githunguri to be Kiambu’s first senator at Kirigiti Stadium, Njonjo, the main guest, turned a very warm turn to the supporters of the former MP in Kiswahili Suffering of locals who preferred to be approached in Kikuyu.

Despite their protests, he stuck with Kiswahili and made it worse by asking if a Kikuyu should be elected president. His remarks attracted ridicule from the crowd as it appeared that he would be supporting former Prime Minister Raila Odinga at a time when all the other leaders, including Githunguri, were gathering behind President Uhuru Kenyatta and Vice-President William Ruto in front The court charged with the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands.

2. Njonjo was known for drinking beer only from his own silver mug. In an incident recorded in Karume’s autobiography Beyond Expectations, from Charcoal to Gold, he left the mug after attending a party at Njenga Karume’s palatial home in Cianda and ordered the entire provincial government to look for it and for him to give back to him. The mug was found in Karume’s kitchen, where a maid cleaned it and placed it in the cupboard.

3. Just like his close friend and former powerful minister in Moi’s government, Jeremiah Kiereini, who died at the age of 90 and with whom he was co-director of the CFC bank, Njonjo was cremated shortly after his death.

4. Njonjo stated that he doesn’t like to greet Luos in order to avoid cholera infection. The disease was widespread in the lake region in the 1960s and 1970s.

5. Njonjo also refused to prosecute a woman accused of abortion. He believed that women have the right to choose whether to keep or terminate a pregnancy.

6. While studying in South Africa in 1944, he got on a train from Durban to Fort Hare that winter and suffered apartheid firsthand by being thrown into an animal carriage because he was not eligible for a ride in the human cabin / p>

7. In London he still worked as a waiter as a student in order to survive.

8. In 1977, George Anyona presented papers suggesting that Njonjo and others were working with the UK Commissioner to suspend a Sh200 million Sh200 million contract to buy replacement parts for Kenya Railways won by a Canadian company. Njonjo, then attorney general, got so angry that he signed Anyona’s adhesive papers. Anyona was released two years later.

9. In 1984, then a MP for the Kikuyu constituency and Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, he was appointed by President Daniel Moi to investigate his conduct on allegations that he was planning a coup.

After 100 days of meetings, the found Commission the minister guilty, but before he could be charged with high treason, President Moi stated in a shocking phrase that he had pardoned and “honored” Njonjo because of his “advanced age”. Community service for the country. Seven years ago, in an interview with KTN’s Jeff Koinange Live, the powerful former minister announced that he had resigned voluntarily and out of his sense of discipline.

“I was blamed for something that I had neither acted nor resigned, although it was never known that I had resigned. I wrote a letter to the President that I resigned in light of the allegations in Parliament. I went away and never set foot in this house again, “he said.

10. Njonjo was named chairman of the Kenya Wildlife Service by Moi, where he allegedly sponsored a small clique of state officials who were conquering parts of the wildlife sector for their own interests.

11. The former attorney general married his wife Margaret Bryson at the age of 52. His reason for the delay in settling in was that he couldn’t find a girl to live with. The truth is, however, that he was with a Kenyan nurse named Margaret Wanjiru Koinange but, despite pressure from his father, could not make up his mind to marry her.

12. It is English mannerisms that have earned him the nickname “Duke of Kabeteshire” by those who loathed him and criticized him for having closely racist traits, with his particular aversion to African lawyers and pilots.

< p> 13. Despite being a billionaire and living a good life, Njonjo told Business Daily in 2015 that he considers himself poor and worthless. Could be the reason why he opted for a simple cremation, the costs of which are not covered by a fundraising campaign.

Some excerpts from the book by historian Godfrey Sang “Just for Today; Life and the time of Jean-Marie Seroney “