Former Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi said it was sad that the country had lost a great man in legal profession and a committed leader especially in reforming Kenya.
“It is with deep sorrow that I have learnt of the untimely death of my friend and former cabinet colleague Senator Mutula Kilonzo of Makueni,” Mudavadi said.
“Senator Mutula was a consummate lawyer who was revered at the bar for his forceful legal arguments and mentoring of young legal minds. This is a person to whom convictions and logic were second nature. The country, Senate and the legal profession has lost a consummate policy maker and thinker,” he asserted.
Mutula had built an image of a man who always took strong grounds despite criticisms. He will be remembered for tirelessly convincing Members of Parliament to pass the bill seeking to establish a local tribunal when he served in the Justice Ministry. His name goes down in the history books for his important role in delivering a new Constitution.
He will also be remembered for his unique stand when he served as Minister for Education where he proposed the 'above the knee skirts' for school girls.
The renowned lawyer was among the key leaders in the Coalition of Reforms and Democracy (CORD) party which was led by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
Born in Mbooni Constituency in 1948, the Senior Counsel was the first to serve as a minister in the Nairobi Metropolitan Development ministry.
Prior to his election as a senator, he served as Mbooni MP in the 10th Parliament.
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