Uhuru Kamotho

The past weekend has seen the country suffer another blow after the passing of of veteran politician and former Mathioya MP J.J Kamotho at the age of 72. Born on 5th November 1942, the elderly leader was reported to have died while undergoing treatment in a South African hospital.

This was President Uhuru’s statement after learning of the death.

My heartfelt condolences to the family, relatives and friends of former Cabinet minister John Joseph Kamotho, who died this morning in South Africa. Kamotho was an amiable, extremely pleasant person and a selfless political legend. He gave exemplary service to the people of Kenya both as a civil servant and a politician for more than five decades.

It was because of his outstanding leadership that former President Moi appointed him Higher Education minister and later minister for Transport, Education, Trade, Environment and Local Government. He was a true believer in our national values, and his energy, commitment and loyalty were beyond doubt. His rich legacy will live on. I pray that God gives the family strength to bear the loss at this difficult time.