Politicians are typically linked to ostentatious lives, women, and alcohol consumption; however, the late Senator Godfrey Gitahi GG Kariuki of Laikipia was not one of those people. In fact, he detested alcohol.
Despite his fame and fortune, Kariuki would not put up with intoxicated people around him, which caused him to have arguments with some of his political allies because he would frequently decline drinks.
It’s customary for friends to get together for a drink, or “one for the road,” but the late Kariuki chose to spend time with his wife because he firmly believed in the values of family.
President Daniel Arap Moi was close to Godfrey Gitahi Kariuki, also referred to as G.G. Moi appointed him Minister of State in the Office of the President, responsible for National Security and Provincial Administration, after he was elected as the Laikipia West MP in 1979.
Kariuki had anticipated a Cabinet position because he was a trusted advisor to the President, but the position he was given was a little too big and had too much responsibility.
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As GG Kariuki, as he was more popularly called, he had no problem going after anyone who was suspected of embezzling public money and making sure that every dollar intended for the community was actually spent.
GG Kariuki’s widow, however, asserted that the politician never acknowledged people who approached him when he was drunk.
He didn’t drink and didn’t give a damn about drunks. She stated that he only ate traditional foods that he loved until the time of his death.
As the Laikipia MP in 1963, GG was a young 29-year-old kitchen worker for a European settler before going into politics. Later, in an interview with The Standard, he would become fervently passionate about politics and even compare it to religion.
The senator was a green belt and previously held the position of chairman of the Kenya Taekwondo Association. It was not widely known, but he was also a businessman and a farmer.
He was also included in the list of the richest people in the nation.