Kenya's first AG Charles Njonjo turns 99: Why he married at the age of 52

Michael Majanga Jan 24,2019

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Kenya’s first Attorney General, also known as ‘the Duke of Kabeteshire’, on Wednesday celebrated his 99th birthday.

He was born Charles Mugane Njonjo when Kenya became a colony in 1920.

At the age of 52, Charles married a British woman after pressure from Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.

Reports indicate Kenyatta was uncomfortable with a bachelor AG advising him forcing Njonjo to marry.

In an interview, however, Njonjo said that he had not yet met the women he wanted to spend the rest of his life with.

Charles Njonjo is the only surviving member of Kenya’s first Cabinet in 1963.

Njonjo still swims and takes his two lagers before retiring to bed at 8pm on a daily basis.