Former Foreign Minister Kenya & Architect of the Post Independent Kenya, Japheth Shamalla passed away

KENYA: JAPHETH GALAGATI SHAMALLA,  former Foreign Minister Kenya, architect of the post independent Kenya, an eminent Lawyer and former Law Student of THE UNIVERSITY OF THE PUNJAB passed away in his hometown Nairobi, Kenya.

In an obituary by his youngest brother-in-law, Retired Brigadier Samson Simon Sharaf said, “Japeth Galagati Shamalla my brother-in-law and father figure passed away midnight 2/3 December 2014. He was educated in Pakistan and was architect of the post independent Kenya. To us he was a brother and a father figure.”

Japheth Shamalla studied law at The University of The Punjab in 1961. He married a Pakistani – Stella Aqeela Sharaf, who went on to become African Business Woman of The Year 1969. Japheth Shamalla was invited by the Government of Pakistan on several occasions to build a new generation of professionals, who would serve the new independent Kenya. In 1964, he completed his studies and was appointed a state prosecutor in Kenya. In 1969, he did his Bar from Lincoln’s Inn, and was later to become the Attorney General of Kenya. He then became the President of East African Development Bank, Chairman of Kenya Times, Chairman Kenya Oil Corporation and finally the Foreign Secretary (Minister) of Kenya.

On behalf of the family, Brigadier (R) Samson Simon Sharaf stated,

“He came into our lives in 1961. My father had died a year earlier and I was just six years old. He was studying law in Punjab University and proposed for my sister Stella Aqeela Sharaf to my mother. In 1962 they married. In 1963, they had their First daughter Jennifer Shamalla. Kenya had not gained independence then and he would often tell us how the Govt of Pakistan has invited him for education to raise a new crop of professionals, who would serve independent Kenya.

In those difficult years, he was a great presence in our house acting as the eldest and filling the void in our lives. I still recall those bicycle and QUICKLY rides we took together in Lahore. In 1964, he completed his studies and was appointed a state prosecutor in Kenya. In 1969, he did his Bar from Lincoln’s inn and was later to become the Attorney General of Kenya. He then became the President of East African Development Bank, Chairman of Kenya Times, Chairman Kenya Oil Corporation and finally the Foreign Secretary (Minister) of Kenya. My sister set up Haraka Hosiery Factory, Kenya’s first value added textile mill and was declared African business women of the year in 1969.

He visited Pakistan on my mother’s death in 1983 as the foreign secretary of Kenya. At her grave, he wept for hours and prayed for her.

Japeth Galagati Shamalla my Brother in Law and Father Figure passed away midnight 2/3 December 2014. He was educated in Pakistan and architect of the post independent Kenya. To us he was a brother and a father figure. Till his last days he kept recalling my mother whom he called Ami Jee. May His Soul Rest in Eternal Peace. Amen.”

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Marian Sharaf Joseph

Marian Sharaf Joseph is an independent journalist with 12 years of experience. She has assisted foreign publications and channels in their projects in Pakistan. She was also jury member for Lux Style Awards.

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