Charles Rubia: Africa first Mayor dies

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Africa’s first Mayor Charles Rubia has on Monday passed on at his Karen home at the age of 94.

The former Nairobi Mayor served as a Member of Parliament for 19 years between the year 1969-1988 serving as the MP for Starehe.

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During the reign of President Daniel Arap Moi, Charles Rubia was detained for five days at Nyayo House for allegedly plotting to overthrow the government.

In 1990, he was again detained alongside Kenneth Matiba as they fought for multi-party in the country.

The detentions are reported to have caused serious damages to his health including his speech.

He sued the government in July seeking 40 billion as compensation to carter for his medication and damages he suffered at the time.

Court documents seen by Citizen TV reveal that he had been receiving both in Kenya and in London.

Condoling with the family of the former mayor was former Prime Minister Raila Odinga who noted his role in the liberation of the nation.

“I am saddened by the the passing on of Hon Charles Rubia, the first African Mayor of Nairobi who also gallantly served the nation in other capacities including as a cabinet minister.

He played a key role in the liberation struggle of our nation and was always at the forefront.”

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