Joseph Otiende, who served as Kenya’s first education minister is dead.
Otiende 100, died at 4.30am on Wednesday at Avenue Hospital in Kisumu county.
His son, Maleya Chanzu said Mzee Otiende had been admitted for two months but he did not disclosed the status of his illness.
Otiende was in the first Cabinet of 15 members and served between 1963 and 1969.
Amani leader Musalia Mudavadi was among the first leaders to send his condolence message to the family.
“It’s with regret I’ve learned of JDs death this morning. I visited him in hospital only last month. He’s the hero of Kenya’s independent cabinet who set the pace for Kenya’s education system.
Was a diligent elder whose advisory services were enriching and sought after widely. With his passing Kenya has lost part of its living history,” Mudavadi said in a statement.