Nairobi — Local political leaders joined their counterparts from around the world in paying their tributes to Nelson Mandela, the former South African President who has passed on.
The world-famous statesman died at his Johannesburg home on Thursday evening following a lengthy illness.
The President, Uhuru Kenyatta, was the first to offer his “remorseful and heartfelt” condolences to the people of South Africa.
He cited Mandela’s humility and service to humanity as incomparable and outstanding.
“His leadership style was exceptional, transformational and worth emulating,” Kenyatta said.
Former President Daniel Arap Moi, who served at the time when Mandela became the first democratically elected President of South Africa, praised the good working relationships Kenya forged with Mandela and the South African people.
He took time to also congratulate the demised leader’s effort in ensuring political “sanity” in Africa by being an example to other leaders.
Kenyans have also paid tribute to the late statesman, most describing him as an African political icon.