November 23rd 2017

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President Kenyatta, NASA’s Raila Odinga mourn Bethuel Kiplagat

"He endeavored to ensure lasting peace and harmonious co-existence among communities, a fitting legacy to his untiring efforts.He measured approach to issues and dignified demeanour earned him respect at the negotiation table," Ruto said.

By Njuguna Kirunkiru@kenyafreepress.comFriday, 14 Jul 2017 13:53 EAT

President Uhuru with the late Kiplagat during the Ambassadors light moments.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga, led other Kenyans in mourned Ambassador Bethuel Kiplagat, who passed on this morning at Nairobi hospital President Kenyatta described him as a great Kenyan diplomat and a refined peace crusade who served the country with dedication in various capacities.

In his message to the family, President Kenyatta said Amb. Kiplagat will be remembered as a committed, dedicated and courageous person who was passionate in serving the country. “Ambassador Kiplagat was a very humble yet firm public servant who never shied away from stating what he felt was of importance to the country,” said the President.

President Kenyatta said the late ambassador Kiplagat is a renowned diplomat who championed peace and conflict resolution in the region and Africa at large.

“Ambassador Kiplagat has been keen to see all societies living at peace with one another through his personal initiatives as director of Africa Peace Forum,” said the President.

The Head of State said the late Kiplagat who also served as the Chairman of Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission was determined to unite all Kenyans irrespective of their ethnic, colour or creed.

“He never wanted our differences to derail our focus on nation building but rather to use our diversity to strengthen our brotherhood and nationhood,” said the President. The President prayed to God to comfort and give fortitude to the family during this trying moment.

Mr Odinga on his part expressed his shock at the news of the passing on of Ambassador Bethuel Kiplagat.

Mr Odinga described the late Kiplagat as an exemplary Kenyan who served his country with passion and dedication as a diplomat, effective regional and national peace broker and Chair of the Kenya Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission. He further lauded the late Ambassador Kiplagat’s role as a staunch member of the Anglican church who contributed immensely to the growth of Christianity in Kenya.

“Our prayers are with the late Kiplagat’s family at this time of mourning. May God rest his soul in peace (KI)”, he said.

DP William Ruto referred to Kiplagat as a peace envoy, who played a key role in the Somalia peace process striving to bring tranquility and stability to a region that has known nothing but turmoil.

"He endeavored to ensure lasting peace and harmonious co-existence among communities, a fitting legacy to his untiring efforts.He measured approach to issues and dignified demeanour earned him respect at the negotiation table," Ruto said.

NASA co principal and the Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula said Kiplagat was a citizen of the world whose respect transcends national borders.

"He is credited with bringing Ethiopia’s two warring parties to the negotiating table in 1990 as well as facilitating peace talks in Mozambique and Uganda," he said.

Mr Wetangula called on Kenyans to celebrate Kiplagat for his role in chairing the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission whose report to making right historical wrongs and injustices successive Governments have visited on Kenyans.

"His death, sad as its, is an open invitation for Kenyans to have a candid conversation with ourselves on what kind of nation we are building and a challenge to the leadership to take courageous and bold step to implement the TJRC Report. This we must do – both as a favour to ourselves and in honour of the fallen Ambassador."

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