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Here's Charles Njonjo's highest academic qualification

Benard Ramoka
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Former AG Charles Njonjo at a past event. [Source/Jeff Koinange]

Charles Njonjo is among the long-serving state officials and politicians in the country.

The former Attorney General is also among the country’s wealthiest individuals.

Born in 1920 and raised up in Kabete, Kiambu County, here is a look at Njonjo’s academic background and his highest qualification.

The son of ex-senior chief Josiah Njonjo schooled at the Alliance Boys High school before he proceeded to the Kings College in Uganda.

Popularly known as the ‘Duke of ‘Kabeteshire’, Njonjo holds a Bachelors Degree in law from the University of Fort Hare in South Africa.

He also holds a Diploma in Social Anthropology from the  University of London.

Njonjo began his legal career in 1960 and was appointed as a counsel by the colonial government handling cases on bankruptcy at the Supreme Court and concurrently served as an assistant registrar.

Njonjo also served as the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions before he was appointed AG in 1963.

In 1979 after the death of founding President Jomo Kenyatta, Njonjo resigned as AG to contest for the Kikuyu parliamentary seat.

The former AG is hailed for initiating crucial changes n the country’s legal system. He was feared across the political divide because his office was considered more powerful.

It was during his tenure in 1975 that he opposed the use of Kiswahili language in Parliament.

The former veteran AG will turn 99 in January.

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