JD Otiende: Culture minister in Kenyatta Cabinet takes final bow

Mr Joseph Otiende, the then Minister for Health, cuts the tape to open the Kenyatta National Hospital’s orthopaedic unit, formerly the British Military Hospital, in Nairobi on February 11, 1966. Beside him is Mrs Otiende and on the right is Dr. M. Majale. PHOTO| FILE| NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • If JD was in the United Kingdom, he would have been knighted for his work as minister for Culture and Housing.
  • And in the UK, he would not have lived in poverty as he would have either been on pension or in the House of Lords.
  • He is the only minister in that Cabinet with his name on two housing estates in two Kenyan capitals – Nairobi and Kakamega.
  • And it was not for nothing that these Otiende Estates exist.

Very few Kenyans today would remember politician Joseph Daniel Otiende, who died last week aged 100 years.


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