Matiba remains a free spirit to the end, let's draw lessons from his life
SEE ALSO :KCSE candidate kicked to death at schoolThe iconic politician from Murang’a County has left an indelible mark on all Kenyans and his story will be told for many generations to come. There will not be a grave to point at, but his memories will be in Kenyans’ hearts for generations to come. While he was the boss at the then East African Breweries he made staff proud of their jobs and encouraged everyone to work hard to improve their lot. He made football popular and Tusker football team was a force to reckon with during its heydays. As a businessman, he made money in the Alliance Group of Hotels, The Hillcrest Group of Schools and other ventures. Hard work, honesty and determination were his guiding principles. Those who worked with him remember his enterprise, visionary ideas and courage to venture in uncharted waters. In the process, Matiba made immense wealth, grew his networks and created opportunities for hundreds of young Kenyans. At the helm of the then Kenya Football Federation, Matiba established an effective football management team and propelled Kenya’s Harambee Stars team to regional dominance. Many sporting Kenyans alive today recall his industry with nostalgia and attest to the fact that he was selfless and meant well for all Kenyan sportsmen and women.
SEE ALSO :Newborns at KNH face risksWhen he joined politics, he worked hard to dislodge then powerful Mbiri MP Gikonyo Kiano. The constituency was later named Kiharu. Already a wealthy man, Matiba did not join politics to make money. He wanted Kenyans to have a vibrant voice on the political platform, hence his slogan, ‘Let the people decide.’ When it seemed dangerous to speak out, Matiba became the first Cabinet minister to resign and join forces clamouring for multi-partyism and widened the democratic space. The indefatigable Matiba started People Daily newspaper, which carried riveting headlines and courageous analysis of the current political undercurrents. The weekly paper was a must read for thousands of progressive Kenyans. Many of the past and current senior journalists cut their teeth at the Matiba newspaper as it was referred to. Although the paper later changed ownership after several decades, Matiba’s contribution to the growth of Kenya’s Fourth Estate cannot be gainsaid. But when he bowed out of this life, Matiba was in so much debt that you could hardly believe he was once a dashing, bubbling and flamboyant politician, who contributed huge amounts of money in fundraisers. He sacrificed his own comforts to fight for what he believed was the right political stand. He wanted all Kenyans to get a fair chance in education, decent healthcare and equal opportunity to earn a living.