President Uhuru Kenyatta today, 30th December, joined other mourners at the burial of veteran politician Charles Rubia, The former long-serving MP and Cabinet minister, was Nairobi’s first African Mayor in 1963.
Rubia, who played a major role in the fight for the restoration of multi-party democracy, was buried today at his Karigu-ini home near Kenol Township in Kandara constituency.
Speaking during the funeral service held at Kiriguini Primary School, the President urged fellow Kenyans to emulate the values that leaders of Rubia’s generation stood for such as patriotism,and pursuit for justice and social order.
“Rubia loved peace, justice and good social order. If only 10 percent of us emulated what this man stood for Kenya will be a different country, ” said the President.
The President further added that Rubia loved hard work and spent most of his life fighting for a better country and the rights of fellow Kenyans.
The President called on leaders to preach peace and unity and to use their freedom of expression to fight against corruption, tribalism and injustice, which, he said, are vices that threaten Kenya’s progress.
Other leaders present included Cabinet Secretaries Eugene Wamalwa (Devolution), James Macharia (Transport), and Monica Juma (Foreign Affairs). Also present were James Orengo (Siaya Senator), Irungu Kang’ata (Murang’a Senator), Alice Wahome (Kandara MP), Millie Odhiambo (Suba North MP), Sabina Chege (Murang’a Woman Rep), Nduati Kariuki (Murang’a County Assembly Speaker), Kembi Gitura (former Murang’a Senator), Peter Kenneth (former Gatanga MP) and Beatrice Elachi (Nairobi County Assembly Speaker).