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HE designed and facilitated many E.T.K.
'environmental awareness' workshops

Coastweek - - John Mwangi Njora designed and facilitated many E.T.K. environmental awareness workshops and events including Art Painting Competitions.

The passing on of John Mwangi Njora at Nyahururu after a stroke on 31st May 2005 was end of an era of successful and unchequered career and service to Kenya.

Mr. John Mwangi Njora was born in 1938 at Gichangariua, Gakuyu, in Muranga to the late Mr. Edward Njora and Mrs. Esther Wambui.

He spent his early life at Nakuru and was educated at D.E.B Bondeni and Mchinda Schools up to the year 1954.

He then proceeded to Kapsabet High School in 1955 where he pioneered siting for the Cambridge Certificate of Education Examination in 1958.

John proceeded to Kabete Technical School (then Kabete Technical and Trade School) in 1959 for training as a secretary, obtaining among other subjects, the speed of 80/120 in typing and shorthand.

Subsequently, he joined Civil Service and ironically was posted to Kapsabet District Commissioner's office, moving later to Nakuru where he became Personal Assistant to the Provincial Information Officer, then to Embu Provincial Commissioner's office John joined City Council of Nairobi as Committee Clerk in 1963 whose Mayor then was Alderman Charles Rubia.

He rose through the ranks to become Assistant Town Clerk - (Training and Management Services) and on several occasions acted in the capacity of Town Clerk, before moving to Nyeri Municipal Council as Town Clerk from 1989 to 1993 when he retired.

During his stay at the City Council, Mr. Nora attended several courses locally and overseas, among them University of Birmingham where he obtained a Diploma in Public Administration.

He was widely travelled and visited amongst other countries Brazil, Germany, Italy, U.S, Mauritius, South Africa and Zimbabwe obtaining vast knowledge in Local Authorities and Environmental Management and enlarging his circle of friends.

He was a founder official of the Association of Local Government Authorities of Kenya (ALGAK).

His contribution to this association is well known.

In November 1982, he spearheaded the International Union of Local Authority Conference held in Nairobi.

Again in 1996 he was selected to travel to Mauritius where he spent a year at the Secretariat of I.U.L.A - the International Union of Local Authorities (Africa Chapter) to prepare for the World Conference that was held in 1997 in that country.

He was an avid reader and writer on Environmental issues and contributed articles to the Local Newspapers on the subject.

Mr. Njora was a founder member of Environment Trust of Kenya and served devotedly in its Executive Committee since 1997 as its consultant on Local Government Affairs.

Mr. Njora designed and facilitated many ETK environmental awareness workshops and events including Art Painting Competition.

In deed Mr. Njora has set to attend and facilitate the just concluded ETK World Environmental Day Art Painting Competitions and had sent advance material and notes for the competition thus the basis of the success of the competition that it was.

Mr. Njora had immerse love for the environment and trees and would often have a carload of tree seedlings whenever traveling to his rural home, to plant and to distribute amongst his neighbours.

John loved the company of children and elderly.

He spent delightful hours with his grandchildren, lost in regaling fantasies and child play, and thoroughly spoiling them with his love and generosity.

He had the patience and knack to listen with rapt attention to the ailing, the disadvantaged, and the elderly, and would ensure he did something and not just merely commiserate with them.

He was always willing to help his relatives and friends to the detriment and self - denial of his own immediate needs.

He was utterly loyal and had time for everyone, a tower of strength and comfort, ever bubbling with fresh ideas to enrich your original concept.

His sense of humour, quick wit and charm were infectious not to say about his eloquence and mastery in English, Gikuyu and Swahili languages both written and spoken.

He had the rare gift of being able to devour and grasp what he has read within minutes, and come up with a comprehensive outline of what is being discussed.

John lived a simple abhorred of 'grabbing' or wanting to make a 'quick buck'.

Conservative in dress and speech and eternally courteous, he loved the company of friends and would spend hours studying and admiring human nature, drink, sometimes making copious notes and reminders of what he still has to do.

Behind his simple 'Andy Capp' image he concealed an astute brain and fantastic memory.

We celebrate through this piece the life and times of John Mwangi Njora whom we had good fortune to meetings and knowing and in whose death we admire and cherish the memory of a sincere and truly lovable human being.

- Z. K. Nderu, Chairman Environment Trust Of Kenya, Mombasa.





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