Kereri: Matiba was teetotaller who didn't shy away from bars

Kenneth Matiba in Kenol, Murang'a on May 19, 2016 during the official opening of the Kenneth Matiba Eye and Dental Hospital. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • At Makerere, Matiba was a very active man. He had leadership qualities that saw him become the liaison between Kenyan students at Makerere and the government of Kenya.

  • He was incorruptible, full of integrity and abhorred nepotism. One had to earn their place, according to their abilities, as far as Matiba was concerned.

  • As we bid farewell to Matiba, I recall a steadfast man who always led from the front.

I first met my friend Kenneth Matiba in 1958. I had just arrived in Makerere but he was completing his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, History and Economics, the same course I studied. He had stayed behind to study a diploma in Education for one year. During that year, his then girlfriend — who would later be his wife Edith — was also about to complete her BA. Another man who had completed his BA and stayed behind to do a Bachelor of Education was Mr Habel Nyamu. In essence, it was a ploy for the two to wait for their girlfriends to finish their degrees. (Nyamu went on to become an educationist and a commissioner with the defunct Electoral Commission of Kenya).

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