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Key events in the life of Kenneth Matiba

Bright Mutaha
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Veteran politiican Kenneth Matiba. [Photo/sde.com]

The veteran politician and fallen hero Kenneth Matiba has lived a life of great service to this nation. 

He has been a key champion for democracy. Here are key contributions from the life of Kenneth Matiba:

He was born Kenneth Matiba on 1st June 1932 Murang'a, Kenya

He is married to Spouse Edith Matiba and has Children Julie Matiba, Susan Matiba and Raymond Matiba.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology, geography, and history from Makerere University, Uganda.

In 1964-1968 he served as the permanent secretary for commerce

In 1974–1978 he was the Chairman of the Kenya Football Federation

In 1979–1990 he was the Member of Parliament for Mbiri constituency

From 1983–1988 he served as the Minister of culture and social services

1983–1988 he was the Minister of Health

1992–1997 he was elected as the Member of Parliament for Kiharu constituency

In 1992 he contested in the general elections as a presidential candidate and emerged second

In 1992–1997 he was the leader of the opposition to the then President Daniel Moi.

At Moi's behest, Matiba was held without trial at the Kamiti Maximum Security Prison in 1990 with Charles Rubia, a member of the Kenyan Cabinet who also called for multiparty democracy. 

While in prison Matiba was refused medication and suffered a stroke, which affected half his body and incapacitated him for some time. Later, a multiparty system was instituted and Matiba was released.

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