Former Mathira MP, Matu Wamae Dies At 89

According to reports made, the former Member of Parliament (MP) for Mathira constituency Matu Wamae passed on the evening of December 14 at Nairobi hospital.

Former Mathira MP, Matu Wamae Dies At 89

The 89-year-old was born in Kianyingi village in Mathira constituency in 1933 and served three consecutive terms from 1983 to 1988, when he was defeated by Ngibuini Kuguru, and again from 1992 to 2002, when Nderitu Gachagua was elected on a Narc- Kenya ticket.

He also served as chairman of Kenya Cooperative Creameries (KCC) for 15 years before being succeeded by Ignatius Kahiu.

He wrote the book 'Born to Serve,' in which he recounted Moi's 24-year rule and its impact on the Kikuyu community. In the book, he packs a riveting memoir tracing his valiant journey from a small boy born on the slopes of Mt Kenya to his nearly six-decade service to the nation in politics and other arenas.

It also holds significant memories from pre-colonial, colonial, and post-colonial times. The book, written in the first person, provides a glimpse into a number of events that shaped the country's political, social, and economic footprints.

Matu Wamae's book. PHOTO FILE

The former chairman of New KCC also discusses how bad leadership in the country caused it to fail to live up to its burgeoning promise when it gained independence in the book, which was published this year by Neno Publishers.

He has particularly harsh words for the late President Moi, accusing him of nearly grounding the country during his 24-year reign.

Various leaders have come out to mourn him as an impactful leader in society including former President Uhuru Kenyatta who remembered him as a hardworking and progressive Kenyan.