Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Kenya: Second Liberation Hero, Kenneth Matiba, Mourned

Kenya: Second Liberation Hero, Kenneth Matiba, Mourned

Deputy President William Ruto on his part said Matiba was "an indefatigable proponent of democracy, human rights; a champion of the less privileged and a people's person".

The leaders remembered the fallen liberation fighter for his remarkable contribution in the history of Kenya.

As messages of condolences to the family of late Kenneth Matiba continue to trickle in from across the political divide, Kenyans online are waiting to hear from retired president Daniel Moi.

Being a senior political figure in the country, Mzee Matiba's death was officially announced by the President who also sent a heartfelt condolence message to the family of the deceased.

"Mama Ida and I have learnt with deep shock of the passing of second liberation hero Hon Kenneth Matiba".

He teamed up with a team of brilliant lawyers and clerics including James Orengo, Rev Timothy Njoya, Raila Odinga, Jaramogi Oginga, Gitobu Imanyara and began an aggressive push for multi-party democracy.

Opposition leader noted that the country has lost the last living symbol of the fight for democracy.

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"The country grieves a great man".

Matiba died on Sunday night at Agha Khan hospital.

Governor Sonko also grieved with Matiba's family and remembered the late for his fight for multi-party democracy that Kenyans are enjoying today.

"I received with sadness the demise of former minister and Kiharu MP, Hon Kenneth Stanley Njindo Matiba. The veteran politician will be remembered for his fight for multiparty democracy that we are all enjoying now".

In a televised address from State House Nairobi, President Kenyatta eulogised Mzee Matiba as a "true patriot who loved Kenya and a nationalist who believed in hard work and building strong bonds of friendship for the betterment of all".

Messages of condolences have been sent by various Kenyans and leaders, all hailing Matiba following his death on Sunday evening at a city hospital where he was undergoing treatment.

The veteran politician has been ailing for several years since he suffered a stroke while in detention during the struggle for multi-partyism.

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