GG Was Our Hero, Family Mourns Late Senator In Requiem Mass At St Andrews Church Nairobi

The late Laikipia Senator Godfrey Gitahi Kariuki has been mourned as a seasoned politician and a firm believer of family, education and religion.

During his funeral service at St Andrews Church Nairobi, members of his family said the late Senator was sensitive to the plight of individuals who crossed his path or made his acquaintance.

His son Robert Kariuki said GG as he was famously known, the national patron of the National Taekwondo Association invested in education because he had a difficult upbringing which made him drop out of school.

“After failing to continue his education due to lack of fees he was hired as a pig attendant but fired for agitating but did not give up, my father is the oldest Doctorate candidate to graduate from the University of Nairobi at the age of 78,” he said.

The late politician’s completed his PhD studies at the university’s Institute of Diplomacy & International Studies this year.

He also had a Diploma in National Security from the Centre for Strategic Studies in Galilee, Israel.

 GG, died on Thursday night at the Nairobi hospital aged 78.
The politician served the public under all the four presidents Kenya has said.

He was a minister in the Jomo Kenyatta and Daniel Moi regimes and the only MP in Kenya who served in the first Parliament.

The politician was first elected to Parliament in May 1963 and served uninterruptedly for 20 years before losing in the 1983 snap elections.

He will be buried in his Rumuruti home, Laikipia County on Friday.

Some of the government officials who attended the service include Laikipia governor, Youth CS Sicily Kariuki and Jane Kiano, wife to late minister Dr Julius Gikonyo Kiano.

-The Star: William Mwangi

RIP: Veteran Politician GG Kariuki Dies Aged 78

Veteran politician Godfrey Gitahi Kariuki, popularly known as GG, died on Thursday night.

Kariuki, who was Laikipia Senator, died at Nairobi Hospital. He was 78.

Sources at the hospital said he suffered septic shock and did not give more details.

The politician served the public under all the four presidents Kenya has said.

He was minister in the Jomo Kenyatta and Daniel Moi regimes and the only MP in Kenya who served in the first Parliament.

The politician was first elected to Parliament in May 1963 and served uninterrupted for 20 years before losing in the 1983 snap elections.

 He also served several terms as Member of Parliament for Laikipia West constituency.

Kariuki will also be remembered for conducting civic education after the launch of the 2010 constitution.

He moved from village to village in the entire county educating the people on its contents.

Last year, Kariuki indicated he would contest for his seat and resign midway but he was trounced during Jubilee party primaries by John Kinyua.

He is the second leader to die in office in Laikipia, after Ephraim wachira who was majority leader in local assembly. Wachira died on December 12, 2015.

Nyeri Governor Nderitu Gachagua died aged 64 at a London hospital on February 24.

-The Star