Hon Grace Ogot: The Gem of Gem passed on..

We are saddened to announce the passing of Former Assistant Minister and author Grace Ogot who died at Nairobi Hospital upon arrival at about 11am Wednesday March 18th 2015. She had been in frail health.

She is wife of academician Professor Bethwel Allan Ogot. Ogot was a respected literary icon who penned several books including the book Land without Thunder.

While condoling with the family, Gem MP and deputy minority leader Jakoyo Midiwo remembered Ogot as a firm politician in the 80s and early 90s and who fought for the girl child.

Ogot was born in Asembo, Nyanza in 1930. She was a Kanu hawk in her days. In 1984 she became one of the few women to serve as a Member of Parliament and the only woman assistant minister in President Daniel Arap Moi’s cabinet. She served as Gem MP and assistant minister for culture in 1985. She was reappointed to the same ministerial position in 1988.

Apart from Land without Thunder, Ogot’s other literary works include The Promised Land, The Other Woman and Other Stories, The Island of Tears and The Graduate.