Thursday, 24 April 2014 10:33
By TOM HOLLUM
Sometime in 2004, the late Senator Mutula Kilonzo, SC, had several meetings with a freelance journalist, Tom Hollum. In 2005, the latter had the only authorized and uncensored bio of the man who was to become among others the Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs and the first Senator of Makueni County. Now Exclusive to theNairobian.com Mr. Tom Hollum shares his thought on the man he interviewed almost a decade ago - and became his friend.
This is the first typewriter bought by Mutula Kilonzo, SC from an auction for KES.250 as he set up his law firm, Mutula Kilonzo & Co
(Photo Courtesy of UPIXES.com)
The weekend of April 27 was the darkest in my professional career. I felt some sense of loss and failure. Accepting the death of Mutula hasn’t been that easy for me. It’s always believed that people’s greatness are usually only spoken of upon their deaths, but getting an appropriate adjective for Mutula has been the most difficult thing for me ever since I heard the news of his death. Would the Latin word, extra rdin rius best be used to describe him? Lawyer, extraordinaire, politician, extraordinaire, neighbour, extraordinaire anything and everything, extraordinaire.
As a journalist, I have never tried to hide my discontent with the political elites. During our first meeting, he gave me one of his two trademark laughter after I decried his decision to quit a profession that had licensed misspeakers to one that couldn’t distinguish between truths and untruths aka politicians.