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Mazrui funeral at Fort Jesus Saturday

13 October 2014, 17:57 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Professor Ali Mazrui will be buried in Mombasa's Fort Jesus Saturday.

The late professor passed on Monday morning local time in the United States and as he wished, his body will be brought back to his original birth place in Mombasa for burial.

According to the family, the burial will be held at the family graveyard next to Fort Jesus.

" His body will arrive some time Thursday or Friday since Tuesday is a public holiday in the United States and thus the movement cannot be processed", spokesman Hamad Kassim said in a statement released to media houses Monday.

Mazrui has been ill a long time and has been in and out of hospital the last year.

At his death, Mazrui was the Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies, the Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities, and Professor of Political Science, African Studies, Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture at State University of New York at Binghamton.

He was also Albert Luthuli Professor-at-large at the University of Jos, Nigeria and Andrew D. White Professor-at-large and Senior Scholar in African studies at Cornell University.

Read also: Professor Ali Mazrui dies aged 81

He leaves behind two wives and seven children.

Deputy president William Ruto said that the country had lost a person revered cross the world.

" Kenya has lost a truly global icon. A man whose philosophies and works moved across boundaries", he said.

Mombasa senator Hassan Omar said he had lost a mentor and a father in many ways.

" I have lost a mentor, a father, a person I looked up to but in all, what he has left behind is a legacy that will live on for ages to come", he eulogized.

It is understood that local political leaders will avail themselves for his burial.

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