In Summary
  • The late Matiba was detained in July 1990 for agitating for Kenya’s return to multiparty politics.

  • While in detention, Mr Matiba suffered a stroke on May 26, 1991 but government officials did not get him medical attention— detaining him in that state for a week.

  • The stroke led to a drastic fall in the financial fortunes of the man who unsuccessfully tried to unseat President Daniel arap Moi in 1992 under the campaign slogan “Let the People Decide”.

The government is yet to pay the late Kenneth Matiba Sh945 million that the court awarded him for unlawful detention and torture in 1990s, lawyer Wanyiri Kihoro has said.

The firebrand politician says Mr Matiba died without receiving a single cent from the State, months after the judgement was made in his favour.

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“The court decided the matter nine months ago but Matiba was not paid,” the former Nyeri Town MP said on Monday evening in an interview with Citizen TV.

The late Matiba was detained in July 1990 for agitating for Kenya’s return to multiparty politics.

While in detention, Mr Matiba suffered a stroke on May 26, 1991 but government officials did not get him medical attention— detaining him in that state for a week.

The stroke led to a drastic fall in the financial fortunes of the man who unsuccessfully tried to unseat President Daniel arap Moi in 1992 under the campaign slogan “Let the People Decide”.

On August 17, 2017, Supreme Court Judge Isaac Lenaola awarded Mr Matiba  Sh504 million for the loss his business suffered as a result of his detention.

But through lawyer John Mburu, Mr Matiba went back to court, arguing that the calculation was erroneous and the amount was increased to Sh945 million.

The state, through Jackson Mutinda, did not oppose the application.

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