Veteran politician Matano dies at 83
Written By:Mary Daraja , Posted: Mon, Mar 10, 2008
Veteran politician Robert Stanley Matano is dead.
Matano, 83 died in a Coast hospital after a short illness.
Matano joined politics in 1960s and became KANU’s secretary General in 1969 after the death of Tom Mboya.
He served as cabinet minister in various portfolios.
Matano was born in 1925 and attended Mazeras school, CMS school in Kaloleni, Kaaga high school in Meru and Alliance high school between 1936 and 1945.
He graduated with a Diploma in Education from Makerere University in 1948 to start his teaching career at Ribe Boys Junior Secondary School and later at Alliance High School.
He was then promoted to District Education Officer in charge of Mombasa and Kwale districts.
Matano was enticed into politics in 1960 by Kenya National Democratic Union (Kadu) leader the late Ronald Ngala.
Matano was acting KANU secretary General for 10 years from 1969 to 1979 when he was confirmed and held the post till August 1985.
He lost the position to Burudi Nabwera in that year’s national party elections.
He was Kinango MP for 25 years and served as a cabinet minister in both Kenyatta and Moi governments.