Mzee’s death shocked us, Kenyans recall

Mzee Jomo Kenyatta (third from left) and members of his family participate in the 1969 national census at State House in Mombasa. PHOTO | FILE

What you need to know:

  • Marsden Madoka, who served the nation’s founding father as an aide-de-camp, says Mzee Jomo Kenyatta was fatherly, loving, caring and a person who appreciated what people did for him and for the nation.
  • But he was also thorough and a stickler for perfection and discipline, Mr Madoka says.

Hussein Abdalla, a 77-year-old resident of Shauri Moyo, remembers the day he received news of the death of Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, the country’s founding president. He was at his place of work at Kariokor Market, selling his wares, when the one o’clock Voice of Kenya radio bulletin broke the sad news.

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