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Did Wamatangi just blame Matiba for his own death?

Denis Joseph
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Multi party crusader Kenneth Matiba. [Photo/standardmedia.co.ke]

Kiambu County Senator Kimani Wamatangi has said that the fallen hero of second liberation Kenneth Matiba could still be alive today.

Wamatangi speaking on Tuesday on NTV’s breakfast show said that even though Matiba was a hero who helped to find multi-party democracy in the country, he could have ‘saved himself’ had he known how to sit and give others way.

“Kenneth Matiba would have been alive today. I don’t want to be speculative on this but if he was just one man who wanted to sit by and give way,” Wamatangi said.

Kenneth Matiba was among other anti-KANU crusaders who was tortured by the Moi regime and was at one point detained without trial at the Kamiti Maximum Prison.

This illegal detention led to the collapse of his multi-billion business empire that saw the court award him compensation in 2017.

He suffered ill health while in prison and was taken to London for treatment after the multiparty was restored.

He contested in the 1992 election and nearly beat the then incumbent Daniel Moi by coming second in the hotly contested election. He died aged 85 years at the Karen Hospital in Nairobi.

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