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Kenya mourns death of nation's unsung hero

13 November 2015, 09:46

Tana River - Mzee Meza Galana, the man who composed the Kenya national anthem, died Thursday after suffering from pneumonia.

Galana was aged 95 when he passed on at the Hola District Hospital where he had been admitted since Monday.

The man had been living in abject poverty until Royal Media Services visited him in 2013 and helped set up a decent housing facility for him.

Kenyans on Twitter have sent their messages of condolences and thanked him for his role in bringing Kenyans together through the anthem.

@Sixth_Friend posted: "Rest in Peace Mzee Galana. Thanks for the role you played in the composition of our national anthem.

@rephynexus posted: "What mzee Galana did can never be erased. Fare thee well."

@wmnjoya said: "Another artist hero leaves us: RIP Mzee Galana, composer of our most beautiful national anthem."

He is survived by his second wife, Ziporah Galana, six children and 29 grandchildren.

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