Nairobi businessman Lawrence Nginyo Kariuki is dead.
Through a statement to media houses, his family said that Nginyo Kariuki died early Monday morning at the Aga Khan Hospital.
“It is with great regret that we the family of Lawrence Nginyo Kariuki announce his passing on early this morning 24th February 2020 at the Aga Khan University Hospital at 1:30 am,” the family said.
The late Lawrence Nginyo Kariuki was born in 1938 in Githima in Ndumberi sub-location, Kiambu County.
He was an astute politician who played an important role in Kenya’s struggle for multi-party democracy.
Nginyo will also be remembered as a founding member of The National Alliance (TNA) party which President Uhuru Kenyatta used to ascend to power in 2013.
The late Nginyo had a colourful sporting career.
He was one of Africa’s first golfers starting as an amateur rising from a caddie to the level of a professional golfer.
He founded the Ndumberi Golf Club popularly known as “St Andrews”, and pioneered Kenya’s participation in regional and international golf tournaments.
Meanwhile, President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of condolence and comfort to the family, friends and relatives of businessman Lawrence Nginyo Kariuki.
In his message, the President described the late Kariuki as an astute businessman and serial entrepreneur whose businesses created thousands of jobs for young Kenyans.
“Kenya has lost a great patriot and a business icon who believed in the Kenyan market. As an entrepreneur, Mr Kariuki’s businesses created thousands of jobs for our youth,” the President eulogised.
Besides his business exploits, the President underscored the late Kariuki’s outstanding support for institutions and initiatives aimed at uplifting the country’s socioeconomic wellbeing.
Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga through his twitter handle recognized the late Nginyo Kariuki’s contributions to Kenya’s struggle for democracy.
“My condolences go out to the family of businessman and politician Nginyo Kariuki who passed on this morning. Nginyo made significant contributions to our struggle for democracy. May the Lord comfort the family at this trying moment,” said Raila Odinga.
Amani National Congress leaders Musalia Mudavadi eulogized Nginyo Kariuki as an astute businessman, a veteran politician who championed for multiparty democracy.
“It is with great sorrow that I have come to learn of the passing of Nginyo Kariuki; an astute businessman, a veteran politician who championed for multiparty democracy and on the social front a keen golfer. My heartfelt condolences to his family,”said Musalia.