Cord leader Raila Odinga mourned the death of former minister Waweru Kanja who passed away in his home at dawn today. Odinga’s statement said Kanja’s passing brings to a close the era of ‘politics of ideals and principles’.
Odinga eulogised Kanja as a great son of the nation and fighter who stood up for the truth no matter the consequences.
“The death of Waruru Kanja ends and era.Â 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 foundingÂ fathers,” reads Odinga’s statement.
The PM who had visisted Kanja in at his hospital bed last a month ago said he remained true to his beliefs and must have died a ‘free man, at peace with his conscience’.
“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.Â We mourn with his family and friends and celebrate his life and times,” said Odinga.
President Uhuru Kenyatta also paid tribute to Kanja, saying he was one of the towering politicians to have emerged from central Kenya, but who was a true nationalist at heart and in action.
â€œTo everyone who knew him and had the opportunity to work with him, the late Kanja was well respected as a humble, kind and courageous man who had a singular sense of duty to his family, his community and the nation at large. â€œHis quest for inclusive growth and equitable development are some of the hallmarks of his life that we must continue to abide by”, said President Kenyatta.
Family members say funeral arrangements will be announced soon.