The death of Nairobi’s first African Mayor, Charles Rubia, caught the nation by surprise as the “second liberation” hero was not known to have been suffering from any ailment in the recent past.
However, Rubia’s family has come out to reveal the details of the last moments before their patriarch, who was also a former MP and Cabinet minister, died.
Michael Rubia, speaking on behalf of the family, said the older Rubia was in good spirits the night before his death.
“Mzee had a peaceful death. We understand he had attended a call of nature when he breathed his last in the toilet,” Michael said.
He had only complained of a minor breathing problem, but said it was manageable and he would be okay.
“We spent Sunday evening with our dad and said he was very okay. The small breathing problem he had did not bother us,” Micheal stated.
The family has said they won’t have a postmortem examination as they have accepted the death.
They also explained that their father could have died as a result of old age.
The 96-year-old politician was born in Kandara, Murang’a, in 1923 and spent his early school life in the village.
He joined Alliance Boys High School in 1941.
He acquired his tertiary knowledge in Tanzania and a sponsorship to the United Kingdom until 1959.
Due to his connections with the British, who colonised Kenya, he became Nairobi’s first African Mayor, a position he held even after independence.
His exposure to politics drove him to hold the Starehe parliamentary seat from 1969 until 1988.
During founding President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta’s administration, he served as an assistant minister, and became the Minister of Local Governments in the Daniel arap Moi era.
He and Kenneth Matiba were arrested and detained for nine months in 1990 by the Moi administration after pushing for the restoration of multi-party rule.