Paul Ngei Biography
Paul Ngei(Paul Joseph Ngei) was born on 18th October 1923 in Machakos county and died on 25th August 2004 in . He was a Kenyan politician who was imprisoned for his role in the anti colonial movement. He was jailed alongside Jomo Kenyatta in Kapenguria in 1950’s.
Paul Ngei Early Life
Paul Ngei was the grandson of paramount chief Masaku after whom the town and the district were named. The family moved from Kiima Kimwe to a new settlement at Kangundo Division in a small village called Mbilini in 1929.
Paul Ngei Education Background.
1948–1950: Student at Makerere University in Uganda as a journalism student
He joined the army in the King’s African Rifles (KAR) for a four-year stint.
Secondary school student at Alliance High School in Kiambu County.
From 1936: Primary school student at Kwa Mating’i in Machakos town
From 1932: Primary school student at DEB Kangundo.
Paul Ngei Political Career
In October 1952, during the declaration of a state of emergency he together with Jomo Kenyatta,Fred Kubai, Bildad Kaggia, Achieng Oneko and Kung’u Karumba were arrested.
Ngei earned Kenyatta’s undying friendship when, during their imprisonment in Lodwar, Ngei physically stopped a colonial jailer from beating up Kenyatta by seizing the whip and challenging the jailer to beat him (Ngei) first.
They were released nine years later, in 1961, two years before Kenya gained independence.In 1962 Ngei established the African People’s Party.
Ngei’s history generates much interest when examined within the context of these post-World War II protest politics that eventually ushered in independence for Kenya. These were protest politics characterised by party politics and violence as was manifested by the Mau Mau rebellion. Ngei lived and actively participated in both of these facets of Kenya’s historical trajectory.
Ngei was the Kangundo Constituency MP from 1969 to 1990. He served throughout the Jomo Kenyatta government from 1964–1978 as a cabinet minister and in the post-Kenyatta government led by President Daniel arap Moi from 1978–1990 where he held several ministerial positions.
During a parliamentary debate on December 1, 1983, Ngei surprised Parliament when he enumerated the problems bedevilling his ministry. “Owners of parcels of land which had been surveyed and adjudicated eight years earlier are still waiting for title deeds,” he said.
In 1990 he was ruled bankrupt by court and consequently had to give up his parliamentary seat.
Paul Ngei Family
He was married to Emma Ngei and they are blessed with Ruth Nthenya Ngei and Masaku wa Ngei.
Paul Ngei Death
Ngei died in August 2004 at the age of 81 after suffering from diabetes.A mausoleum was built in Mbilini, Kangundo, the constituency he had served for 27 years, by the Kenyan government and unveiled in 2006.
On 20 October 2016, the president of the Republic of Kenya unveiled a statue in honour of Paul Ngei at Chumvi town which is in the junction that leads to Machakos from the Mombasa Highway. This was during the celebrations of the year’s Heroes’ Day which were held in Machakos. The Jubilee Government committed to have national days celebrated outside the capital, Nairobi.