Veteran politician and former minister Joseph Otiende has passed away while receiving treatment at Avenue Hospital in Kisumu today, where he was receiving treatment since his admission two months ago.
Otiende’s son, Maleya Chanzu said the former Vihiga MP 100 died at 4.30am. He was aged 100.
The former Vihiga MP was the only member of the first Cabinet after independence who was still alive. He was also the first minister for Education after independence and also served as the Minister for Agriculture, Culture, Health and Housing.
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The Otiende estate in Langa’ta Nairobi was also named after him.
He left politics after he was defeated in the elections in 1969 and had been living a quiet life in his village in Vihiga.