The senator, who joined politics in 1959, served in all post-independent governments.

At his death on June 30, 2017 aged 78, he was the only serving lawmaker who had also served in the first Parliament after Kenya’s independence in 1963.

In 2015, he once again made history when at 76 he attained a PhD from the University of Nairobi.

In his heyday, GG’s clout at the apex of his political career was matched only by that of Kanu-era strongman Nicholas Biwott who died the same month as the senator.

The diminutive man who made up for what he lacked in frame with martial arts,  was adversely mentioned in the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) report over gross human rights violations during his tenure at the helm of the Internal Affairs docket.