The State has formed a committee to prepare for the burial of veteran politician Kenneth Stanley Njindo Matiba who died on Sunday at the Karen Hospital.
The committee will comprise of Matiba’s family members and will be headed by the Head of Public Service, Dr Joseph Kinyua.
“The Government has since constituted a committee made up of the late Matiba’s family and Government officials to assist in preparations for the official funeral,” said Government Spokesperson Eric Kiraithe on Monday (16/4/18).
Kiraithe said the committee will closely liaise with the family of the late Matiba to accord him a befitting send-off.
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday eulogised the founding father of multiparty democracy as a true Kenyan patriot.
President Uhuru added the late Matiba was not only a role model to many but a mentor to him.
“His loss will not be easily forgotten as he fought to make Kenya a better place. His role in the fight for multiparty democracy of forward ever backward never helped transform our country to what it is today.Those who knew him can attest that he was selfless leader,” said the President through a televised speech from State House, Nairobi.
On his part, Deputy President William Ruto in a statement to newsrooms, described the late Matiba as a patriot whose contribution will remain cemented in the history of Kenya.
“He was a passionate politician, indefatigable and forthright operator. He applied himself to his duties with exceptional enthusiasm and diligence, always determined to succeed,” said DP Ruto.
Opposition leader Raila Odinga noted that Kenya lost the last living symbol of the fight for democracy.
“It is hardly where we intended or ought to be, but certainly better than where we were at this time over 20 years ago, thanks to the sacrifices of Hon. Matiba and his team,” said Raila.
Matiba will be remembered as a ‘second liberation hero’ having been at the forefront in the fight for multi-party democracy in Kenya.
He died at 85.