Veteran politician George Nthenge dies in Nairobi
Published on: August 11, 2021 07:32 (EAT)
George Gregory Wilson Nthenge, the last Lancaster House veteran politician, has died at the age of 94. Ootto Edward Musembi Nthenge, his eldest son, said his father died at their Buruburu home, where he had been resting after being discharged from the Nairobi Hospital a few weeks earlier. Nthenge was a member LEGCO for the larger Machakos district in 1960. He was one of the authors of Kenya’s first constitution and the team that traveled to Lancaster to agitate for Kenya’s freedom was the last remaining politician of the day after the death of retired President Daniel Moi. In the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, he was the Member of Parliament for Iveti South. Between 1992 through 1997, he served as Kamukunji MP and is remembered as one of FORD’s founding members. He survived a dawn road disaster in Maanzoni region, Athi river sub-county along Nairobi Mombasa, in November 1978, in which he lost his ten children and his first wife as he ferried them to school in Nairobi. He did not believe in rural education. The former legislator has been survived by his 7 children. The politician stated in an interview with the Nation a few years ago that he wanted to be buried 4 feet, two feet above his wife, who died 41 years ago. “If all goes according to plan, my beloved second wife Scholarstica will be buried two feet above me. I love them that much.” Nthenge told the Nation. Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua was among the first of Kenyan leaders to send their messages of condolence. According to Mutua, the legislator succumbed to COVID-19 complications. “I am sad to learn of the passing of Hon. George Gregory Nthenge, at the age of 94, due to Covid complications. Former MP & Minister, Mzee Nthenge was a brilliant & visionary leader. He survived tragedy & celebrated life. He is one the greatest leaders of KENYA. Rest In Peace,” Mutua wrote on Twitter.