There’s no doubt that life has been kind to Kenya’s first Attorney General Charles Njonjo. At 99, he is still articulate and endowed with a sharp memory.

Njonjo who will be turning a 100 Thursday, January 23 spent the better part of Sunday, January 19 tracking Gorillas in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda.


The activity was among several lined up for the ageing but articulate former politician, who has been nick-named “Duke of Kabeteshire” due to his deep love for British mannerisms.

In a short clip shared by the Uganda Wildlife Authority’s (AWU) social media sites, Njonjo says he is fond of the country because of the experience he had at Kings College Buddo, a secondary school in the western parts of Kampala.

“I was very lucky to see the gorillas — two babies and two big bulls,” he said.

In one of the many photos shared online, officials from the authority are seen presenting Njonjo with the tracking certificate.

Born on January 23, 1920, Njonjo spent a large part of his life in the United Kingdom, where he studied law before returning to Kenya and serving as the country’s first AG for 17 years.

He joined politics in 1980 after being elected Kikuyu MP unopposed after the incumbent MP resigned. Retired president Daniel Moi would go ahead to appoint him in his cabinet as minister for home and constitutional affairs.

Njonjo is also famous for marrying his wife, a Briton, at the age of 52.

Though many Kenyans refer to him as “Sir Charles”, the truth is Njonjo was never knighted by the Queen.

He was nick-named the title due to his powerful position in post colonial government and his heavy inclination toward the British mannerisms.

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