President Uhuru mourns Joseph Kamotho

President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent his message of condolences to the family, relatives and friends of former Cabinet minister John Joseph Kamotho, who died this morning in South Africa.

The President said he is deeply saddened by the death of a man he described as a “selfless political legend”. The Head of State described him as an amiable and extremely pleasant person.

For more than five decades, said the President, Kamotho gave an exemplary service to the people of Kenya both as a civil servant and apolitician. He was a true believer in our national values, and his energy, commitment and loyalty were beyond doubt. His rich legacy will live on.

“It was because of his outstanding leadership that former President Moi appointed him Higher Education minister in 1979. Later, he was appointed minister for Transport, Education, Trade, Environment and Local Government,” said the President.


Former minister and politician Joseph Kamotho passes on

Former powerful Kanu secretary general and political veteran Joseph Kamotho has died, his son has confirmed.

Reports say Kamotho died at a South African hospital after battling with kidney failure and high blood pressure for a long time.

The former Kanu strong man has been in and out of hospital a number of times. In 2013 he had planned to run for the Murang’a senate seat but lost Kembi Gitura and was admitted at Nairobi hospital.

Kamotho was in a semi-coma state for one month after collapsing in Muranga during a public rally.

A family source then said Kamotho’s health deteriorated after he lost in his bid for Murang’a county Senate seat.

He was a strong supporter of former President Daniel Arap Moi.