Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka has eulogized the late Kenneth Matiba as the President who never was.
Speaking at Matiba’s Limuru home, Mr. Kalonzo who was accompanied by co NASA Principal Musalia Mudavadi, Former Machakos Senator Muthama, and a host of senators and MPs said, “A lot of things will be said about Mzee Matiba, but he was really the icon and, in my view, the president of this country who never was,”
“He remains a president to all of us, in many ways. In the hearts of Kenyans, Mzee Matiba was a president.” he added.
Separately, Hon. Musyoka issued a condolence message at the passing of the late Kenneth Matiba in Karen hospital. This is what the former President had to say:
Kalonzo’s condolence message.
“It is with great shock and sadness that I have learnt of the demise of Hon. Kenneth Stanley Njindo Matiba, former MP for Kiharu, and presidential candidate 1992.
Mr. Matiba will be remembered for his valiant fight for multi-party democracy. His bravery, steadfastness, and personal sacrifice even in the face of great threats against his life will forever be etched onto the minds of Kenyans who cherish democracy and freedom.
His boldness aside, Hon. Matiba had great moral character. In a country where corruption had become the norm, he stood up against the vice.
I had occasion to serve under him as his assistant minister and I found him an astute mentor who guided me as a young minister.
Hon. Matiba also promoted the sporting culture in this country. He was captain of the Bunge Football team, where, at one time, we both teamed up with our other Kenyan parliamentary colleagues against the German Bundestag team. Although we lost three goals to one, as our captain, he demonstrated great leadership.
The late Matiba was a champion of gender equality. And this is evidenced by the fact that, as the minister responsible, he hosted the famous 1985 Nairobi Women’s Conference, which was the precursor to the Beijing Women Conference of 1995.
He was also a great family man who molded his family in the Christian way, imparting onto them the virtues of honesty and diligence.
At this most trying time, I convey my condolences to Mama Edith Matiba, the family, relatives, and the entire Kenyan nation in general. I, too, offer my heartfelt condolences to all those who were in way or another touched by his life.
May the Lord Almighty give them the fortitude to bear the pain of this great loss.”