Many Kenyans have paid tribute to the late Kenneth Matiba after his untimely demise at Karen Hospital on Sunday where he had been admitted for a number of weeks. President Uhuru Kenyatta recognized him as among the first leaders who formed the team that began to lay the foundation for this great nation.
He outlined Matiba’s path throughout his career path, noting that he also played key roles as the Minister for Transport and Communication, Health, Culture and Social Services. “He was among the pioneering Kenyan entrepreneurs with diverse interest being involved in a number of companies such as the East African Breweries Limited and in the hotel and tourism industry,” said President Kenyatta.
He noted that on the political front, he was on the forefront of shaping the political landscape of this country, “His call for multiparty democracy and his rallying cry of ‘Foard ever, backward never’ helped transform our country,” he said. He added that his accomplishments clearly demonstrate that focus, diligence, and determination pays, “Those who knew him benefitted from his selfless leadership and wisdom,” he said.
Deputy President William Ruto eulogized him as a passionate politician, indefatigable and forthright operator, “He applied himself to his duties with exceptional enthusiasm and diligence, always determined to succeed,” he said.
Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka said Matiba fought for multiparty democracy and freedom of expression, adding that his service to the nation as both a public servant and politician will be remembered.