JJ Kamotho dies:Uhuru and Ruto mourn his death

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JJ KamothoJoseph Kamotho, a former minister and ex-Kanu party secretary-general, has passed on.

His son Jimmy Kamotho confirmed the former minister died Saturday morning at Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Mr Kamotho has been admitted at the hospital for the last one month.

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His health status hit the headlines during campaigns for the Murang’a senate seat in 2013 General Elections after he was taken ill while addressing a meeting at Ihura Stadium.

During the elections, he was defeated by former Kenyan ambassador to Belgium Kembi Gitura.

PRESIDENT UHURU, DP RUTO MOURN JJ KAMOTHO

NAIROBI, KENYA: The government has sent message of condolences to former Cabinet Minister Joseph Kamotho who died Saturday morning in South Africa .

The President said he is deeply saddened by the death of a man he described as a “selfless political legend”. The Head of State described him as an amiable and extremely pleasant person.

For more than five decades, said the President, Kamotho gave an exemplary service to the  people of Kenya both as a civil servant and a politician. He was a true believer in our national values, and his energy, commitment and loyalty were beyond doubt. His rich legacy will live on.

“It was because of his outstanding leadership that former President Moi appointed him Higher Education minister in 1979. Later, he was appointed minister for Transport, Education, Trade, Environment and Local Government,” said the President.

Kamotho also served the longest – 13 years ­- as secretary-general of the ruling party Kanu, from 1989 to 2002. President Kenyatta said Kamotho was instrumental in building Kanu into a formidable party that united Kenyans.

Kamotho started his long political career in 1974 when he was elected Kangema MP. In 1997, the constituency was split and Kamotho was elected Mathioya MP in 2002.

Deputy President William Ruto said he was saddened by the passing of JJ Kamotho. He said Kamotho’s mark in Kenyan politics speaks for itself.

“He was perhaps the most unforgettable political party administrator in independence Kenya. He was a patriot and hard working public servant. I applaud his years of public service as a legislator and cabinet minister. He was a passionate, indefatigable and forthright operator. May the Lord rest his soul in Eternal Peace.”

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