Former Cabinet Minister Charles Njonjo has been ailing “for quite a while”, a close family member has disclosed. He breathed his last at 5:30am, at his Muthaiga residence in Nairobi.

Speaking to KTN, Njonjo’s son-in-law, Carey Ngini, revealed that the former Attorney-General succumbed to pneumonia.

“He has been battling one illness after another for the last two years. Pneumonia greatly compromised his lungs and he finally passed (away) today, December 2. It was a peaceful death,” he said.

He added that Njonjo, who was a former long-serving Attorney-General, died while being surrounded by close family members.

Immediately after his death, the family started organising his interment.

The Duke of Kabeteshire, as he was popularly known, had made it clear that he wanted to be cremated a few hours after his passing.

“His final wishes were that we should cremate him almost immediately after he dies. He was a very organised man and wanted the same even at death,” he said.

The cremation was held at Kariakor Cemetery in Nairobi.

The son-in-law described him as disciplined and a great family man.

“I think the main reason why he had a century in this world is because he ate well and exercised. He loved his wife and three children,” he said.

Njonjo, the only surviving member of post-independence Cabinet, died just three weeks before celebrating his 102nd birthday.

In his condolence message, President Uhuru Kenyatta said Njonjo was a national hero.

“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,” the Head of State mourned.

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