The National Alliance Party (TNA) founder member, veteran opposition and businessman Lawrence Nginyo Kariuki has died at the Aga Khan hospital.
Nginyo was also renowned as a business mogul, with different businesses set up in different parts of the country. For instance, he is regarded as one of the pioneers of African Gold in the post-colonial years and ideally set up the first Gold Club, Ndumberi Golf Club that catered for indigenous Kenyans.
He also owns Nginyo Towers on Nairobi’s Moktar Daddah Street with other investments behind the Lenana Mount Hotel.
The life of the prominent businessman, among the wealthy barons in Kiambu County, was a textbook rags-to-riches story.
Lawrence Nginyo Kariuki, a veteran politician and a champion for multiparty democracy, has passed on at the Aga Khan University Hospital, the family has announced.
Mr Kariuki, who was also a businessman, had been ailing for some time. He died in the morning
He was a founding member of The National Alliance (TNA), which was at the helm of power between 2013 and 2017.
The family and hospital remained tight-lipped on what was ailing the politician, but he looked frail in his last public appearances in 2018 when opposition leader Raila Odinga paid him a visit at his home in Kiambu.
Politicians took to social media to mourn the veteran politician.
Moses Wetang’ula posted on his Twitter account: “I have learnt with shock and sadness of the passing on of Nginyo Kariuki. He will be remembered for his courageous and relentless struggle for the restoration of multiparty democracy and constitutional reforms. R.I.P