President Uhuru Kenyatta has eulogised founding father of multiparty democracy Kenneth Matiba as a true Kenyan patriot.
Through a televised speech from State House, Kenyatta said the late Matiba was not only a role model to many but a mentor to him.
“His loss will not be easily forgotten as he fought to make Kenya a better place. His role in the fight for multiparty democracy of forward ever backward never helped transform our country to what it is today.Those who knew him can attest that he was selfless leader.” Kenyatta said
Matiba died at a Karen hospital while undergoing treatment at the age of 85.
Opposition leader Raila Odinga said the country has lost one of the last living symbols of the pains Kenyans have had to bear in order to get where they 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 Hon. Matiba and his team,” Odinga said.