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President Kenyatta mourns Prof. Mazrui

13 October 2014, 15:14 Nechesa Chemoi

Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of condolence to the family and friends of the late Professor Ali Mazrui who died on Monday in the US.

In his message, the President said Prof. Mazrui was one of the greatest scholars Kenya and the continent have ever produced.

“I am deeply saddened by the death of Prof. Ali Mazrui. Prof. Mazrui was a towering academician whose intellectual contributions played a major role in shaping African scholarship. His literary works, debates and relentless cultivation of a global view of Africa have helped to tell the continent’s story,” said President Kenyatta.

President Kenyatta added that Prof. Mazrui’s legacy and commitment to intellectual advancement will always remain etched in Kenyans’ minds, and his name will be remembered alongside other Kenyan and African intellectual icons who contributed immensely in the academic sphere.

Also read: Professor Ali Mazrui dies aged 81

“My thoughts and prayers are with his Family and Friends at this time of great sorrow and grief. I pray that God grants you the strength and courage to bear the tragic loss,” said the President.

Prof Mazrui, was born on 24 February, 1933, and was a professor at Binghamton University in New York at the time of his death.

His family members said he was unwell for some months.

He once served as Chancellor of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and also wrote 30 books.

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