Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga message of condolence following the death of Hon. Waruru Kanja

"We have this morning lost another great son of our nation, a great fighter who stood up for
the truth no matter the consequences.

The death of Waruru Kanja ends and era.  It is the era of the politics of principle and ideals that his demise moves to a close.

The Son of Wairimu was among the venerable political leaders who guided Kenya through its early years of tumult by speaking truth to power and insisting that as a nation, we must stick to the ideals of the founding  fathers.

I was with Mr Kanja in Hospital about a month ago, and I can testify that he did well as a leader and he remained true to his beliefs and must have died a free man, at peace with his conscience because he did and said all the right things that Kenya needed in its formative years.

It is sad that even the seemingly indestructible Kanja has had to depart from us. It is a handing over of sorts with Kenya marking its 50 years of independence.

We mourn with his family and friends and celebrate his life and times."

Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga
Leader of the Coalition for Reform and Democracy - Kenya

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