The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: President Uhuru Kenyatta Mourns Mandela

Former South African President Nelson Mandela joking with youngsters as they celebrate his 89th birthday at the Nelson Mandela Children?s Fund in Johannesburg. Photo/AFP

President Uhuru Kenyatta has joined other world leaders in mourning the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela who passed away on Thursday aged 95. "It is with profound sorrow that I have learnt of the passing away of 'Shujaa' Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, former President of the Republic of South Africa and an outstanding African statesman and icon." President Kenyatt said. President Kenyatta said the former South African President was an exceptional transformational leader who was gifted with unique, admirable abilities and strong values. He added that Mandela believed in the noble principles of equity, justice, cohesiveness and inclusiveness in governance.

"President Nelson Mandela was an exceptional transformational leader who was gifted with unique, admirable abilities and strong values. He believed in the noble principles of equity, justice, cohesiveness and inclusiveness in governance." President Kenyatta said. In his condolences message Deputy President William Ruto said that the world has lost a moral example of selfless leadership, a man of courage, principle and honour.

"Humanity is poorer without Madiba." DP Ruto said. Cord Coalition leader Raila Odinga in his message said that we should honour President Mandela's memory who he called a "great African hero" by living by the example he set for us all. Other Kenyan leaders have also taken to twitter to grieve the former president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate: "I don't think l'm off the mark when I say that he made the world a better place just by being in it. Nelson Mandela.

" Nairobi Governor Dr. Evans Kidero; @KideroEvans "We have never seen a man, so universally celebrated, extensively admired and further, recognised as the embodiment of selflessness, compassion, understanding and most importantly forgiveness. I mourn today, not just for South Africa, who has lost a father, but for the world. We have truly lost an icon. Rest in peace #Mandela." Anne Waiguru Cabinet Secretary of Devolution and Planning. @AnneWaiguru "The world has lost an incredible man, an icon and a true legend. Rest in Peace Nelson Mandela" Machakos Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua ‏@DrAlfredMutua "It is because of the likes of Mandela that Africa has written great chapters in the history of humanity. you inspire generations. RIP Madiba" Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar ‏@HassanOmarH

"The world has lost not only a great man; we also lost one of the world's greatest leader. Rest in Peace Madiba". Senator Kericho county Charles Keter ‏@ketercharles "#RIPNelsonMandela. You've inspired us all and we pray never to look away at injustices inflicting human society." Bomet County Governor Isaac Ruto, EGH ‏@IsaacRutoGov

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