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Kenneth Matiba stands tall among Kenya’s liberation heroes NEVER MISS A STORY - 12 months ago, 16 Apr 01:36

Kenneth Stanley Njindo Matiba was a technocrat, sportsman, businessman and politician par excellence. But for doing the “diabolical” thing to call for multipartyism at the height of the Kanu dictatorship, Matiba and Charles Wanyoike Rubia are among a politicians who paid the heaviest price in Kenya’s political history. Matiba held many firsts. He became one of three permanent secretaries before independence at only 28; was first black chief executive officer of East African Breweries Ltd; was first African to head Kenya Football Federation; and was the first minister to break taboo and resign on principle during the Moi regime. Still, he took on gigantic tasks in the most difficult political circumstances, baffling friend and foe. MP KIANO In the 1979 elections, shortly after Jomo Kenyatta’s death, Matiba took on and fell a giant in then-Mbiri Constituency in Murang’a — Gikonyo Kiano, a cabinet minister who was one of the blue-eyed ...
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