Remain true to Kenneth Matiba's ideals, leaders tell Kenyans
6 days ago, 07:38
Several leaders have mourned veteran politician Kenneth Matiba as a brave and selfless figure, who significantly contributed to multi-party democracy in Kenya. Matiba died on Sunday while receiving treatment at Karen Hospital in Nairobi. He was 85. President Uhuru Kenyatta eulogised him as a true Kenyan patriot in a televised speech from State House. Details: Among those who have sent condolence messages are DP William Ruto, Opposition leader Raila Odinga and National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi. Their statements are as follows: The country grieves a great man. As the cloud of sadness envelopes us, we pay respect and undying tribute to Matiba, an indefatigable proponent of democracy, human rights; a champion of the less privileged and a people's person. Mzee Matiba's strong fight for reforms, freedom of expression, tolerance and divergent opinion that saw him overcome great odds, inculding detention, won him admiration from friends, foes and cemented his stellar status. He advocated hardwork and was richly rewarded in the fields of business, education and sports. He was well loved in Kiharu constituency and the larger Murang'a that he represented with distinction and unparalleled dedication, impacting lives and providing servant leadership. We pray for his family and friends during this difficult period. Rest In Peace. Mama Ida and I have learnt with deep shock of the passing of second liberation hero Matiba. Our country has lost one of the last living symbols of the pains our people have had to bear in order to get where we are. It is hardly where we intended or ought to be, but certainly better than where we were at this time over 20 years ago, thanks to the sacrifices of Matiba and his team. As a family, we have a very special bond with Matiba and his family; one sealed by a shared vision and the scars of our shared struggles. We pass deeply felt condolences to his Widow Edith and the family. We intend to speak more comprehensively about Matiba in the next few days. May God grant strength to the family at this lonely and trying moment. As the nation is overwhelmed by the demise of one of the icons of the second liberation Matiba, I wish to send my profound condolences to the family and the country for a loss so saddening. A brave and selfless leader, Matiba cut a niché as a hero for multi-party democracy in Kenya and generations will be grateful to him and others who took the country to the unprecedented spheres of democracy. Respected and adored within and beyond our frontiers, Matiba's hand in the unyielding hope he had for prosperity of this country will always be with us. We can only work hard to make it a better place like he had envisioned. #RIPPapaMatiba It is with great shock and sadness that I have learnt of the demise of Matiba, former MP for Kiharu, and presidential candidate in 1992. Matiba will be remembered for his valiant fight for multi-party democracy. His bravery, steadfastness, and ...
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