Veteran Politician Kenneth Matiba Takes the Final Rest at 85

Veteran Kenyan politician Kenneth Matiba died on Sunday the 15th 2018 evening at the age of 85 years, members of his family have confirmed. Matiba died while undergoing treatment at the Karen Hospital ICU in Nairobi after suffering from cardiac arrest. He was hospitalized for 55 days and on a ventilator for the past two weeks. His internal organs started failing on Friday and his blood pressure was too low for a dialysis.

Mr Kenneth Matiba, was a great crusader for Kenya’s multi-party democracy.

Why Matiba will be Remembered

Matiba will be remembered for his role in the struggle for multi-party democracy in Kenya.In July 1990, he was arrested and detained without trial at the Kamiti Maximum prison with Raila Odinga and Charles Rubia for demanding the re-introduction of multiparty democracy in Kenya.

While in detention, Matiba suffered stroke but the then government officials were not bothered to get him medical help. An angry Matiba vowed to boycott Parliament to protest the ‘theft’ of his victory and for five years he made technical appearances in Parliament to merely preserve his Kiharu parliamentary seat.

The High Court on Friday 29th September 2017 enhanced compensation to be paid to multiparty hero Kenneth Matiba to Sh945 million over his illegal arrest and detention. The court had earlier ordered the state to pay Matiba Sh504 million. Matiba became a senior civil servant at age 31. Before Kenya attained independence in December 1963, he became the first indigenous African Permanent Secretary for Education. In 1964, Matiba was appointed Permanent Secretary for Commerce under Minister Mwai Kibaki.

Kenneth Matiba Political Positions

President Uhuru Kenyatta was among leaders who went to the Karen Hospital immediately after receiving news of Matiba’s death. Matiba was chairman of the Kenya Football Federation from 1974 to 1978, and was elected to Parliament in the 1983 general elections from the Mbiri Constituency (later renamed Kiharu) in Muranga District. He served as Minister of Transport and Communications under the KANU administration led by President Daniel arap Moi before resigning in December 1988.

President Uhuru Kenyatta was among leaders who went to the Karen Hospital immediately after receiving news of Matiba’s death.


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