Jeff Koinange

Still trying to come to terms that you are no longer with us – Jeff Koinange in mourning

Boombastic and jovial media personality Jeff Koinange is in mourning. The decorated veteran Citizen TV anchor revealed the sad news that his elder brother passed away over the weekend.

In his heartbreaking Instagram post, the 54-year-old lamented that he would never be able to see his older brother ever again.

He added that his late brother David Waiganjo Mbiyu was a friend and a confidant he cherished so much. Jeff who keeps his extended family hidden narrated that David had a heart of gold that was gentle and kind.

“Still trying to come to terms with the fact that you are no longer with us, my big brother and my friend,” Jeff said. He added that the pain he felt would never go away.

Jeff comes from exemplary stock. Senior Chief Koinange wa Mbiyu of Kiambu was the patriarch of the Koinanges.

Though illiterate, Koinange championed the uptake of early education through independent schools with the establishment of Githunguri Teachers College, where future President Jomo Kenyatta was vice principal when he returned to Kenya from England in 1946.

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Koinange Street are named in his honour. He had six wives and 34 children are the start of the impressive lineage that is the Koinanges.

Mbiyu Koinange: Jomo Kenyatta’s brother-in-law, confidante and political go-between was the first Kenyan to attain university education after a Scottish teacher tipped his father about America having cheap, but good preparatory schools for black people.

Jeff himself is the son of Frederick Mbiyu Koinange.

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