President Kenyatta mourns Kenneth Matiba

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President Kenyatta mourns Kenneth Matiba

It is with a heavy heart and a deep sense of loss that Margaret and I send Mrs Edith Matiba and her family this message of condolence and encouragement following the death of Mzee Kenneth Matiba.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, and Deputy President William Ruto lead Kenyans in mourning Kenneth Matiba who died on Sunday, April 15.

On social media, where the younger Moi has a lively presence, his last post was made 23 hours ago, a post of him and Governor Anne Waiguru.

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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.

Mzee Matiba was a true patriot who loved this nation of Kenya, a nationalist who believed in hard work and building strong bonds of friendship for the betterment of all.

In 1960 he worked as a high school teacher at Kangaru high school and 1961 he was promoted to work as officer in the Education Ministry.

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He was also among the pioneering Kenyan enterprenuers with diverse interests in the hotel and tourism industry. Indeed, he served the country with distinction. "His call for multiparty democracy and his rallying cry of "Forward Ever, Backward Never" helped transform our Country", President Kenyatta observed.

"Mzee Matiba's strong fight for reforms, freedom of expression, tolerance and divergent opinion that saw him overcome great odds, including detention, won him admiration from friends, foes and cemented his stellar status". His accomplishments clearly demonstrate that focus, diligence, and determination pay.

Businessman Chris Kirubi said Matiba will be remembered for the crucial role he played "in shaping the political landscape of our nation as a veteran of multiparty democracy".

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As we mourn the death of Mzee Matiba, be encouraged that our prayers, and those of all Kenyans, will give you and your family the strength and fortitude. "Rest In Peace Kenneth Matiba the pioneer Kenyan professional & Our Father of Freedom, Democracy, inclusivity, and good governance", Senator Kipchumba Murkomen said.

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