Mwangi Mathai, the ex-husband of late Nobel laureate Prof Wangari Maathai has passed on while undergoing treatment at Nairobi hospital.
Mathai, was once MP for Lang’ata Constituency between 1974 and 1979 while Prof Wangari who she divorced in 1970s was an environmentalist and MP for Tetu. Wangari died in 2011 and was cremated.
He married Wangari in 1969 but they divorced in 1979 having sired three children– Waweru, Wanjira and Muta.
Wangari who authored her autobiography “Unbowed: One woman’s story” Mathai’s decision to divorce her was a surprise.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has eulogised Mathai, describing him as a bold, brave and astute leader.
“We will forever be grateful to him for the efforts to empower Kenyans by creating job opportunities through his business ventures and opening up the minds of Kenyans through his book,” Uhuru said.