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Powerful Minister Who was Forced to Marry by President Kenyatta (photos)

Charles Mugane Njonjo, unlike other Kenyans, has experienced being in charge.

It is said that Charles, the son of Senior Chief Josiah Njonjo and his wife, lived a privileged life, including riding a horse to Alliance High School while being heavily escorted by the native police. This would have occurred in 1920.

In the wake of Alliance, Charles went to South Africa to pursue law school in Fort Hare (same university attended by Nelson Mandela and Robert Mugabe).

Charles moved into the upscale Muthaiga neighbourhood, which was formerly off-limits to Africans, before independence.

Charles became known as "Sir Charles" because of his infamously English mannerisms and affinity for British culture.

Charles has been famous for decades for his red-lapel bespoke-stripped suits from London's Savile Row.

Even though he had nothing but disdain for his fellow Africans, Jomo Kenyatta handed him the powerful position of Attorney General.

Charles was well-known amongst his coworkers as the older bachelor who showed little interest in the attractive African ladies that shared his workplace.

Charles, at 52 years old, married a British woman in response to repeated complaints from Mzee Kenyatta, who said he did not want advice from a bachelor.

Sir Charles played a pivotal role in ensuring that, after Kenyatta's death, Daniel Moi was permitted to succeed to the president, despite resistance from a segment of the strong Kikuyu mafia.

But he had a falling out with Moi and was removed from office dishonourably.

Sir Charles, also known as the Duke of Kabeteshire (another English nickname he's earned because of his ancestry in Kabete), is 96 years old but is still going strong and enjoying a comfortable lifestyle because to his investments in several major corporations.


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