At age 94, Gregory Wilson Nthenge, the last Lancaster House veteran politician, passed away.
His eldest son, Ootto Edward Musembi Nthenge, said his father died at their Buruburu home, where he had been resting after being released from the Nairobi Hospital a few weeks before.
In 1960, Nthenge was a member of the Machakos district’s LEGCO.
After the death of retired President Daniel Moi, he was one of the authors of Kenya’s first constitution and part of the team that traveled to Lancaster to agitate for Kenya’s independence.
He was the Member of Parliament for Iveti South in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.
He was Kamukunji MP from 1992 to 1997 and is remembered as one of FORD’s founding members.
In November 1978, he survived a dawn road accident in the Maanzoni region, Athi river sub-county along Nairobi Mombasa. He lost his ten children and first wife as he ferried them to school in Nairobi.
He was an outspoken opponent of rural education.
His seven children survived the former legislator.
In a recent interview with the Nation, the politician stated that he wanted to be buried four feet above his wife, who died 41 years ago.
“If everything goes according to plan, Scholarstica, my beloved second wife, will be buried two feet above me. That’s how much I adore them.” Nthenge informed the Nation.
Governor Alfred Mutua of Machakos was among the first Kenyan leaders to send condolence messages.
The legislator, according to Mutua, died as a result of COVID-19 complications.
“I am saddened to learn of Hon. George Gregory Nthenge’s passing at the age of 94, as a result of Covid complications. Mzee Nthenge, a former MP and Minister was a brilliant and visionary leader. He overcame adversity and celebrated life. He is one of Kenya’s most powerful leaders. Mutua wrote on Twitter, “Rest In Peace.”
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. pic.twitter.com/CP5TENuGOW
— Dr. Alfred Mutua (@DrAlfredMutua) August 10, 2021