27 April 2013

Kenya: Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Is Dead

Nairobi — According to a family member the legislator was found dead at around 1pm on Saturday at his Maanzoni home.

"He was found dead at home about two hours ago. We don't know the cause of the death but he has not been sick. The body is still in the house," the family member told Capital FM News.

Another close relative also told Capital FM News the deceased did not show any signs of sickness on Saturday.

"He was working on Friday and even last night he was ok, he did not show any signs of ill health," the relative said.

The cause of death of the former Justice, National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs Minister is not yet established.

The police were in his house early afternoon carrying out investigations on cause of his death.

Meanwhile, shock engulfed the entire country on learning the sudden death of the newly elected Makueni Senator.

Messages of condolence started trickling in.

Former Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi said it was sad that the country had lost a great man in legal profession and a committed leader especially in reforming Kenya.

"It is with deep sorrow that I have learnt of the untimely death of my friend and former cabinet colleague Senator Mutula Kilonzo of Makueni," Mudavadi said.

"Senator Mutula was a consummate lawyer who was revered at the bar for his forceful legal arguments and mentoring of young legal minds. This is a person to whom convictions and logic were second nature. The country, Senate and the legal profession has lost a consummate policy maker and thinker," he asserted.

Mutula had built an image of a man who always took strong and mostly controversial stand despite criticisms.

He will be remembered for tirelessly convincing Members of Parliament to pass the bill seeking to establish a local tribunal when he served in the Justice Ministry.

Mutula will also go down in the history books for his important role in delivering a new Constitution.

He will also be remembered for his unique stand when he served as Minister for Education when he proposed the above the knee skirts for school girls.

The renowned lawyer was among the key leaders in the Coalition of Reforms and Democracy (CORD) party which was led by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

Born in Mbooni Constituency in 1948, the Senior Counsel was the first to serve served as the Minister for Nairobi Metropolitan Development.

Prior to his election as a senator, he served as Mbooni MP in the 10th Parliament.


Judie is a Special Projects Reporter. She has eight years experience in Journalism in Kenya and Germany. She has scooped awards in Reproductive Health, Population and Development and Gender and Development. She has participated in international conferences in Germany. She has a soft spot for human rights and justice stories.

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