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Friday, 16 Dec 2016 15:44 EATrosemukonyo@yahoo.com
Matungulu and Kangundo sub counties in Machakos have lost two iconic men who passed and will be buried on the same date. The first of the two is former long time driver of the founding president Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, Mr Gideon Kithuki, who passed away on 8 December after a short illness. Mr Kithuki, who retired from the police force in 1978, served as a presidential escort for 10 years, reaching the rank of inspector.
In 1945, he travelled to Britain for the award of War medals conferred on exceptional officers by the British government. For nearly forty years since his retirement, he was an influential member of the Matungulu community, consulted by many leaders. During the recent tour of the Ukambani by President Uhuru Kenyatta, the president asked to greet the late Kithuki as a way of showing his respect to a man who served the president's father loyally. The late Kithuki will be laid to rest tomorrow December 17.
On the same day, another influential man will be laid to rest in Kangundo. Joseph Mutw’iwa, a former civil servant, educationist and auditor, died also on 8 December, ageed 80. He will be missed by many as a strict auditor who made sure he followed the book. Mr Mutw’iwa conducted school audits until he retired at the age of 60 after which he joined Kilalani Coffee Society where he introduced a culture of accountability and protection of community resources. Many will remember him for his love of education and commitment to the community service.
Until the last election, Matungulu was part of the larger Kangundo constituency, and leaders from the two regions have hailed both men for the gallant contributions they made towards the community and their love for education.
Rose is a contributing writer for the Kenya Free Press, based in Machakos County.