Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo is dead

According to a family member the legislator was found dead at around 1pm on Saturday at his Maanzoni home/FILE

According to a family member the legislator was found dead at around 1pm on Saturday at his Maanzoni home/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 27 – Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo is dead.

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.

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JUDIE KABERIA

JUDIE KABERIA

Judie, a Special Projects Reporter started practicing journalism in 2003. She has worked in Kenya and Germany. Judie has scooped awards in Reproductive Health, Population, Gender and Development. She has participated in international conferences in Germany, Switzerland and Netherlands. Judie has written a booklet, 'Justice and Peace in the Kenyan Eye'. She has a soft spot for human rights, crime, peace and justice stories and she is now pursuing a Master's Degree at the University of Leicester (U.K).

  • http://www.facebook.com/berna.dette.1865 Berna Dette

    All Kenyans and Makueni constituents in U.S.A are shocked by the sudden demise of our beloved Senator Hon. Mutula Kilonzo. We hope to learn from his fearless lifestyle

    and keep his legacy on.

  • milliy

    AM so shocked WHY the important people in the kenya government die ?may the soul rest in peace.

  • shillings

    RIP Mutula Kilonzo Kenya has lost a true warrior.

  • MtZ

    R. I. P. Mutula Kilonzo. Tanzanians too will miss you. I remember ten years ago! On this kiss FM cross fire program. All the way from Nairobi to Tumaini University, Iringa – Tanzania, you made an impact on me via my tiny satellite radio.

  • Judy

    This is so sad….rest in peace. May the Lord comfort and strengthen the family. We need to pray for our leaders, that they will not die prematurely. And that they will fulfill their purpose. God bless Kenya

  • Benjamin Mutuku

    His demise is very heart-breaking and such a great loss for our country. Hon. Mutula Kilonzo’s wit and unparalleled knowledge of law and the Constitution will always be remembered. We’ve lost a true patriot, statesman, leader, mentor and champion of democracy and the Constitution. I pray for comfort for the family, friends and the people of Makueni County in this time of sorrow. May he R.I.P.

  • Wanjiru Kinyanjui

    We have lost a brilliant citizen. So schocking! He just went?

  • bexy kiruibi

    hope this won’t go down autopsy must be done to identify the cause of his death R.I.P sure you were a great man

  • CHRIS OJOW

    FAMILY MEMBERS PLEASE BE STRONG AND ALWAYS GOD FIRST.

  • free kass

    Am not suggesting anything but again i simply can not help to query if mutula was an ICC witness. My curiosity stems from two you tube videos. 1. Eldoret genocide 2. Mutula stand. uhuru, muthaura must go…interview with Alan namu.