Charles Njonjo turns 100
Kenya’s first Attorney General Charles Njonjo turns 100 years today.
Nicknamed as the Duke of Kabeteshire, Njonjo commenced birthday celebrations on Sunday engaging in the adventure in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda.
The former AG was born on January 23, 1920 and went on to spend a large part of his life in the United Kingdom.
He studied law before returning to Kenya and serving as the country’s first AG for 17 years.
He then joined politics and entered into parliament as MP for Kikuyu in April 1980 after retiring as attorney general at the age of 60.
He is also famous for marrying his wife, a Briton, at the age of 52 due to pressure from Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, who reportedly could not stand being advised by an AG who was still a bachelor.
Njonjo is a man with a fine taste of fashion is known to wear black, striped coats, gold chain watches and bowler hats.
In 1998 he returned to public life, and was appointed chairman of the Kenya Wildlife Service.
Njonjo remains one of the richest people in the country. He has extensive landholding across the country. He also owns interests in high-profile financial institutions, including banks and insurance companies.