Leaders in the country have paid glowing tribute to fallen multi-party democracy icon Kenneth Stanley Njindo Matiba who died last night at a Nairobi hospital.
President Uhuru Kenyatta mourned Matiba as a hardworking public servant and role model who shaped the county’s political landscape.
Deputy President William Ruto, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and other senior government officials eulogized him as a true statesman.
The President in a televised address to the nation last night mourned Matiba as a true patriot who loved Kenya and a nationalist who believed in hard work and building strong bonds of friendship.
President Kenyatta hailed his fight for multi-party democracy as a major step that transformed the country.
With Matiba set to be accorded a state funeral, the President committed the government’s support to the family.
Deputy President William Ruto mourned Matiba as an indefatigable proponent of democracy, human rights and a champion of the less privileged.
In a series of tweets, Ruto said Matiba’s strong fight for reforms, freedom of expression, tolerance and divergent opinion saw him overcome great odds, including detention, won him admiration from friends, foes and cemented his stellar status.
Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga termed the death of Matiba as a great loss to the country terming him as one of the last living symbols of the pains the Kenyan people have had to bear in order to get to where the country is.
Odinga who is away in South Africa after attending the burial of freedom icon Winnie Mandela says he will issue a comprehensive statement once he is back in the country.
Chief Justice David Maraga also hailed Matiba as an exceptional leader who distinguished himself from an early age as a meticulous manager, an astute businessman and a charismatic politician.