Kalonzo, other leaders mourns Matiba

National Super Alliance (NASA) Co-Principal Kalonzo Musyoka has sent a message of condolence to the family, relatives and friends of the former Kiharu MP the late Kenneth Matiba who passed on on Sunday at a Nairobi hospital aged 85.

In his message, Kalonzo said he had learnt of the demise of the late Matiba with great shock and sadness.

He said the deceased who had vied as a presidential candidate in 1992 will be remembered for his valiant fight for multi-party democracy.

The former VP eulogized the late Matiba as a man of great moral character, who stood up to fight all vices of corruption in the country, promoter of sports and a champion of gender equality that saw him host the famous 1985 Nairobi Women’s Conference when he was Minister for Culture and Social Services. The Conference was the precursor to the Beijing Women Conference of 1995.

I had an occasion to serve under him as his assistant minister and I found him an astute mentor who guided me as a young minister, Kalonzo said.

Meanwhile various leaders in Narok County have sent condolences to the family of the late Kenneth Matiba following his demise at a Nairobi Hospital Sunday evening.

Nominated Member of Parliament David Sankok mourned the late politician describing him as hero who fought for the second liberation of Kenya.

On my own behalf and that of my family I condole with the family, relatives and the people of Kiharu for the death of the second liberation icon Kenneth Matiba,said Sankok.

The MP who represents Persons with Disability said the veteran politician will forever be remembered for fighting courageously for multiparty democracy in the country which has borne great fruits for the country.

He was a rare politician who paid the ultimate prize for second liberation of our country. He should be accorded a state burial, said Sankok.

At the same time, the legislator appealed to the Ministry of Education to introduce a subject in the country’s syllabus specifically on Kenyan heroes as a way of immortalising them.

He said independence and post-independence heroes as well as those who have fought for change in various sectors such as Education, Health, Agriculture and other sectors ought to be respected.

The young generation born after 1990s might not be aware of the Kenya’s heroes and having it as a subject will make them know their country’s history well, he said.

He challenged writers to compile all the Kenya’s political, social and economic icons and document them in one book so that it can be used as a set book in secondary schools.

Narok North Member of Parliament Moitalel Ole Kenta mourned Matiba as a brave, true patriot who will be remembered for his role in bringing to birth multi-party democracy in Kenya.

He said though he was gone, he had left behind reputable footsteps that will be followed by many.

Source: Kenya News Agency