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Julius Wanyondu Gatonga, from Nyeri town, Kenya is arguably the oldest person alive in the world at 136 years old.
Wanyondu’s National ID indicates that he was born in 1884 with the month and exact day not indicated due to lack of proper documentation during the time.
The family of Julius Wanyondu Gatonga says he could enter the Guinness Book of World Records, if it is confirmed he is 136 years as indicated on his identity card.
According to his identity card, he is 19 years older than the current holder of the slot, Kane Tanaka of Japan.
The Guinness Book of World Records recognises Tanaka has clocked 117 years, having been born on January 2, 1903. She was confirmed as the oldest person alive last March.
Julius Wanyondu Gatonga has over 150 descendants, says his first wife bore him a boy and a girl. The boy, who was the first born, died at an early age.
The girl, now an old woman, is married in Kirinyaga county. He had eight other children with his second wife.
Three are now deceased, but five, including his son Gatonga born in 1944, are alive.
SECRET OF LONG LIVE
Wanyondu claims that he has been able to live that long due to God’s favour and adhering to a strict diet of indigenous foods.
His grandson, Francis Gitonga revealed some of the indigenous foods he eats and added that he has always advised them to borrow his diet.
He advises the youth to avoid alcohol, smoking and drug abuse if they hope to live for long.
Julius Wanyondu Gatonga is a staunch PCEA faithful and says only God knows his time to die.