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Budo awards Kenya’s former attorney general

By Vision Reporter

Added 23rd February 2010 03:00 AM

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Charles Njonjo, a former attorney general and minister for Constitutional Affairs in the Republic of Kenya, has been awarded the Order of Merit by King’s College, Budo for his service to Kenya and assistance to Uganda refugees in Kenya in the 1970s and adding value to the Budo bra

PROFILE

Charles Njonjo, a former attorney general and minister for Constitutional Affairs in the Republic of Kenya, has been awarded the Order of Merit by King’s College, Budo for his service to Kenya and assistance to Uganda refugees in Kenya in the 1970s and adding value to the Budo bra

PROFILE

By Dr. Edwadi Kayondo

Charles Njonjo, a former attorney general and minister for Constitutional Affairs in the Republic of Kenya, has been awarded the Order of Merit by King’s College, Budo for his service to Kenya and assistance to Uganda refugees in Kenya in the 1970s and adding value to the Budo brand.

“Sir” Charles Njonjo was born in 1920 to Chef Josiah Njonjo of Kabete and Wairimu Njonjo. He attended Alliance High School, Nairobi for his primary and junior education.

He was at Budo from 1939 to 1942. Some of Njonjo’s classmates were Henry Wako Muloki, the late Kyabazinga of Busoga, Sir Edward Mutesa I, the late Kabaka of Buganda and George Kakoma, composer of the Uganda National Anthem, among others.

After Budo, Njonjo joined the University of Fort Hare in South Africa where he earned a degree in law. He was appointed attorney general at Kenya’s independence in 1963 and served in this portfolio until 1979.

He was instrumental in ensuring that the then vice-president, Daniel Arap Moi, took over the Kenya presidency when Jomo Kenyatta died in 1978 by stopping the “Kiambu Mafia” from changing the constitution.

Njonjo is fondly remembered by Ugandans for assisting them when they fled to Kenya as refugees during Idi Amin’s regime.

He married in 1972 and is blessed with three children. He joined elective politics in 1980 as Member of Parliament for Kikuyu constituency and was appointed minister for constitutional affairs the same year.

Njonjo was later forced to resign in 1983 after a judicial inquiry concluded he had abused his office. There were allegations that he tried to overthrow Moi’s government. However, in 1998, he bounced back as chairman of the Kenya Wildlife Service. He is also the chairman of CFC Bank and lives in the Nairobi suburb of Muthaiga.

Budo awards Kenya’s former attorney general

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