Mutula Kilonzo is the immediate former Makueni Senator who died under mysterious circumstances at his Maanzoni ranch on April 27, 2013. Since his death, there has been speculation surrounding the exact cause of his death and people are curious to learn more about the former Makueni Senator. The following are 10 Things You’ve Never Heard About Mutula Kilonzo.
10 Lesser Known Facts About Mutula Kilonzo
Mutula Kilonzo was born in 1948 and was educated at Mbooni Primary School and Machakos High School before joining the University of Dar es Salaam in 1969, graduating with a First Class Honors’ Degree in Law; the first in the East African Region. After graduating, he set up his legal practice across from Jevanjee Gardens. He also opened an office in Machakos.
2. Moi’s lawyer
He earned his first million within eight months of practice. He then became the legal advisor to former President Moi. He was introduced to the former president by Mr. Hosea Kiplagat who is Moi’s nephew. This stint as legal advisor to the former president saw him join politics and he joined parliament in 2003. He later contested and then won the race to become the M.P for Mbooni constituency in 2007.
3. Parent’s land was grabbed
His journey towards becoming a top lawyer began by accident. There was an incident where a relative used a corrupt lawyer to dispossess Mutula’s parents of their land that drove the young man, then 12 years, to have an interest in matters of law and justice. He vowed that he would one day address this injustice. He managed to do so after he made his money through his law practice, he purchased that piece of land that was illegally acquired by the relative.
4. Classmates with his cousin Waki
He studied at the Kenya School of law and some of his classmates included Justice Philip Waki, who was also his cousin. Justice Joyce Aluoch, Justice Riaga Omolo and Justice Erastus Githinji were his other classmates.
5. License to drive
The first car that Mutula bought was a Datsun, and he bought it straight from DT Dobie, a well-known showroom in the capital city. The hilarious part was that he had to leave the car behind because he was not licensed to drive.
6. How he met his wife
Mutula Kilonzo met his wife Nduku when he moved his legal practice to Atlas House on Moi Avenue, across the road from what used to be the US embassy. Nduku noticed Mutula because he was always well dressed in a smart suit. He would also nap in his cream Volvo during the one hour lunch break.
7. He was divorced when he met Nduku
Mutula was married but later divorced, and that presented a challenge when he was courting Nduku. However, he promised to provide her with evidence showing that he was single and free to mingle. He showed up at Nduku’s workplace and presented these papers to her.
8. Married with children
On the other hand, Nduku was engaged when the two met. She was in a long distance relationship with a man who worked in the hotel industry in Mombasa. Since this proved to be challenging, she wasn’t fully committed to that arrangement. Even after she accepted Mutula’s engagement ring, her doubts still lingered. Eventually, Mutula married Nduku and they were blessed with four children. He had three children with his first wife, including Kethi and Mutula Kilonzo Junior.
9. New constitution
Even though he was not seen as a reformer, having been closely linked with the dictatorial regime of former President Moi, he still played his part in the enactment of the new constitution. He led the Orange Democratic Movement in campaigning for the new constitution. He was also the Justice and Constitutional Minister when the new constitution was enacted. He was also a negotiator during the meetings that were being held at Serena Hotel to resolve the aftermath of Post Election Violence. He is the one who lobbied to have Justice Philip Waki appointed as Chairman of the Post Election Violence Commission, or Waki Commission as it was popularly known.
10. Animal sanctuary
Mutual Kilonzo was passionate about conserving the environment and this is the reason why he started a sanctuary where he kept lions. He used to spend up to a million shillings feeding the beasts. He later added two cheetahs, buffaloes, a wild pig, leopard tortoises, ferret monkeys, Thompson’s gazelles, zebras, giraffes and elands.