JOHANNESBURG – Kenyan academic and husband to South African Minister of Human Settlements Lindiwe Sisulu, Professor Rok Ajulu has died.
According to Sisulu’s tweets, Ajulu was “struck down on Boxing Day by pancreatic cancer. He’ll be laid to rest in his ancestral home on shores of Lake Victoria, Kenya.”
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta paid tribute to Ajulu.
Before moving to South Africa, Professor Ajulu was involved with an English professor Helen Bushell with whom they had a daughter Achieng Ajulu-Bushell who went on to become a world class swimmer representing both Kenya and Great Britain in world competitions.
Ajulu, a Kenyan academic and activist, met and married Sisulu in exile. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta sent his condolences on Twitter, and said he learnt of Ajulu’s death “with dismay and sadness.”
“He was one of Kenya’s most distinguished and thoughtful academics, and a true pan-African. We will miss him deeply. I am grateful for Professor Ajulu’s life, rich in achievements, in friendship, and in productive scholarship. I offer his family what consolation I can, and I pray that God will grant them the courage to bear the loss,” Kenyatta tweeted.
Before he passed on early this year, he hosted a variety of workshops such as one organized on February 17th, 2016 in South Africa. – “From Kenyatta to Kenyatta: The Making of an Authoritarian and predatory state in Kenya”