In Summary
  • Uhuru Kenyatta, Mwai Kibaki and Daniel arap Moi remember Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe as a hero.

  • President Kenyatta orders flying of national flag half-mast on Saturday to Monday in honour of Robert Mugabe.

  • Former president Mwai Kibaki termed the demise of Mugabe as the end of an era in Africa.

Kenyan leaders have paid tributes to Robert Mugabe following his death at the age of 95, announced on Friday.

Mugabe was Zimbabwe's first president after independence and ruled the country for 37 years before he was ousted in a military coup two years ago.

Robert Mugabe

Robert Mugabe ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years until he was finally ousted in November 2017. PHOTO | JEKESAI NJIKIZANA | AFP

President Uhuru Kenyatta in his condolence messages said Mugabe would be remembered as a man of courage who was never afraid to fight for what he believed in even when it was not popular.

“In this moment of sorrow, my thoughts and prayers go out to his family, his relatives and the people of Zimbabwe who, for many years, he served with commitment and dedication,” a statement by President Kenyatta reads.

“Words cannot convey the magnitude of the loss as former President Mugabe was an elder statesman, a freedom fighter and a Pan-Africanist who played a major role in shaping the interests of the African continent,” he added.

Uhuru Kenyatta and Robert Mugabe

President Uhuru Kenyatta (gesturing) with his Zimbabwean counterpart, Robert Mugabe, and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn during the launch of the negotiations of the Continental Free Trade Area in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2015. FILE PHOTO | PSCU

Mr Kenyatta ordered that the national flag flies half-mast from Saturday to Monday as “a mark of respect for the memory of this African hero and friend of our country.”

END OF AN ERA

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