CONSTITUTIONAL STALWART

[PHOTOS]: Maraga, Raila among hundreds at Nzamba requiem

Mass for the late Senior Counsel was held on Thursday at Holy Family Basilica in Nairobi.

In Summary

• The AG said Kitonga made remarkable achievements in his life as well as to the country.

• Kitonga chaired the Committee of Experts that led the constitutional review.

Carol Nzamba
WIDOW: Carol Nzamba
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Children of the late Nzamba Kitonga James Ivia, Kaveng Kitonga, Mukami Kitonga and Mwathi Kitonga during the requiem mass at Holy Family Basilica on November 5, 2020
Children of the late Nzamba Kitonga James Ivia, Kaveng Kitonga, Mukami Kitonga and Mwathi Kitonga during the requiem mass at Holy Family Basilica on November 5, 2020
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Nzamba died on October 24 at the age of 64 after a short illness.

Daughter of the late Nzamba Kitonga Kavengi Kitonga
Daughter of the late Nzamba Kitonga Kavengi Kitonga
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The late Senior Counsel was eulogised as a constitutional law stalwart and a patriotic Kenyan with unmatched legal prowess.

Daughters of the late Nzamba Kitonga Mukami Kitonga and Mwathi Kitonga pay tribute to their late father
Daughters of the late Nzamba Kitonga Mukami Kitonga and Mwathi Kitonga pay tribute to their late father
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Chief Justice David Maraga and Law Society of Kenya officials were among those who attended the mass. 

Daughter of the late Nzamba Kitonga Eve Mukami Kitonga.
Daughter of the late Nzamba Kitonga Eve Mukami Kitonga.
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The family of the departed was joined by other senior government officials including Attorney General Kihara Kariuki and Defence CS Monica Juma.

Chief Justice David Maraga at the Holy Family Basilica, during Nzamba Kitonga's requiem mass.
Chief Justice David Maraga at the Holy Family Basilica, during Nzamba Kitonga's requiem mass.
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ODM party leader Raila Odinga together with his Wiper counterpart Kalonzo Musyoka condoled with the family.

AG Paul Kariuki with CJ David Maraga.
AG Paul Kariuki with CJ David Maraga.
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The AG said Kitonga made remarkable achievements in his life as well as to the country.

Defence CS Monica Juma.
Defence CS Monica Juma.
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Kitonga chaired the Committee of Experts that produced the 2010 Constitution.

ODM leader Raila Odinga arrives at Nzamba Kitonga's funeral mass at the Holy Family Basilica
ODM leader Raila Odinga arrives at Nzamba Kitonga's funeral mass at the Holy Family Basilica
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Kalonzo said Kitonga was to be airlifted to Nairobi for medical treatment but lack of an airstrip in his rural home prevented the journey.

Friends and family congregate at Holy Family Basilica church to celebrate the life of Nzamba Kitonga on November 5, 2020
Friends and family congregate at Holy Family Basilica church to celebrate the life of Nzamba Kitonga on November 5, 2020
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"If the airstrip was functional, it would have been easy to send Amref to airlift Nzamba but it is closed and dysfunctional. It is sad to know that he had to die on arrival at the hospital yet he would have been airlifted," Kalonzo said.

Nzamba Kitonga's friend Edward Kamamia signs the condolences book outside the Holy Family Basilica on November 5, 2020
Nzamba Kitonga's friend Edward Kamamia signs the condolences book outside the Holy Family Basilica on November 5, 2020
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"Nzamba had gone to Kitui to bury his relative when his wife noticed that he was not looking well. She told him that he needed to visit a doctor but it was not easy to convince him," Kalonzo said.