President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga have termed the late Laikipia Senator, GG Kariuki ‘a pragmatic leader.’
President Uhuru indicated that the veteran politician immensely contributed to Kenya’s growth and liberation and was one of the few leaders who played a key role in shaping the country’s future.
“His contribution will forever be ingrained in our minds and history books. As a young leader during independence, he played a key in resolving land conflicts and the resettlement of squatters,” he said in a statement.
“He was also at the centre of the second liberation with other leaders who championed for true democracy in our country. As a nation we are truly indebted to him and other founding fathers of our nation,” Uhuru added.
Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga said the politician understood the perils and joy of public service.
“G. G. had a long career as public servant. He is part and parcel of the progress the country has made. His death is a loss to the entire nation and particularly to his people of Laikipia County,” Raila said in Binary in Kuria East Constituency.
On his part; the Speaker of the Senate Ekwee Ethuro, said he received a message on Kariuki’s death ‘with great shock and disbelief.’
In a statement sent to newsrooms, the Speaker who is out of the country on official duty says ‘the late senator who is a political mentor to many will be missed by many in Parliament.’
Kariuki who turned 78 on December 12, is the only MP in Kenya today who served in the first Parliament after he was first elected to Parliament in May 1963 and served uninterrupted for 20 years before losing in the 1983 snap elections.
The late Kariuki also served several terms as Member of Parliament for Laikipia West Constituency, and he was also cabinet minister in both the governments of Jomo Kenyatta and Daniel arap Moi.
He also wrote an autobiography detailing his political career titled Illusion of Power: Fifty Years in Kenya Politics.