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The State House Official Who Resigned While Drunk

Former State House regulator Eliud Mathu once vanished while on a tour to Mombasa with his employer, the former President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.

After two days of ascertaining, he had been discovered in a small town of Ganjoni, Mombasa.

However, he sent back the search party with a mail that he had been fed up with State House.

The retired Head of Civil Service Duncan Ndegwa wrote in his book, Walking in Kenyatta Struggles: My Story that Mathu later sobered up and recommenced his roles.

Since he had been an immediate friend of Mzee Kenyatta, he had been received back and the matter resolved once and for all.

Mathu once avoided sensitive matters and rejected Kenyatta's commands to convey messages.

A possible cause being that he had been barred from also collecting Kenyatta's messages and letters.

One day Ndegwa disagreed with Mathu over who should deliver messages to the head of state.

However, the mails became such a big problem that Kenyatta also clashed with John Michuki who once served as the Secretary to the Cabinet.

Kenyatta then ordered that he should unfold mails by himself but after discovering that Michuki used to open them he suddenly became angry.

Michuki safeguarded himself by expounding, "Sir I would never wish the house to be bestowed with shameful role of having caused the death of Kenya's founding father after passing him a ignitable device when I could have averted it."

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