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Ex-Minister who wished to be buried “at four feet, above wife” dies

In Summary

  • Nthenge also served as MP before retiring from politics.
  • He was Mwai Kibaki’s schoomate and was taught by Julius Nyerere.

George Nthenge, ex-Mininister and Member of Parliament, is dead.

Nthenge died this morning at his home in Buruburu, Nairobi, family spokesperson Edward Musembi Nthenge says.

He was 94. Nthenge was recuperating after being discharged from the hospital where he was being treated for Covid-19.

Nthenge was elected to Parliament in 1983 and again in 1992, representing Kamukunji constituency. He quit politics in 1997 at age 70. In 1978, a personal tragedy touched the national nerve when he lost his wife and nine children in a road accident.

Ex-Minister’s Final Wishes

In an interview with a local TV station, Nthenge spoke about death and his dream burial: “When I die, my body will be lowered four feet deep and not the standard six. That is not my choice. Fate chose it for me when death snatched my first wife Emelda 36 years ago. I have decided to rest directly above her when my time comes.”

Nthenge served both President Jomo Kenyatta and Daniel Arap Moi’s administrations. In past interviews, he said how he struck relationships with Mwai Kibaki, the man who would later become President. The two were students at Mang’u High School.

Machakos Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua eulogised Nthenge as a “brilliant and visionary leader.”

“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 of the greatest leaders of KENYA. Rest In Peace,” wrote Dr. Alfred Mutua.

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