Uhuru mourns veteran politician John Keen

Uhuru mourns veteran politician John Keen

President Uhuru Kenyatta has eulogised veteran Maasai politician John Keen as a man who fought for the rights of the marginalized fearlessly. Mr Keen died on Sunday, December 25 at 3:00am while undergoing treatment at the Aga Khan hospital. “I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Hon. John Keen earlier today. Few Kenyans can claim a life of such courage, sacrifice, or achievement,” said the President. “In colonial times, he stood firm in defence of African rights. By 1962, his energy and devotion to nationalist ideals had made him KANU’s organising secretary. In that position, he prepared the party for the elections which saw an African government take power in this country for the first time.” “Once independence was won, he represented Kajiado North in Parliament with distinction, and also served in Cabinet.” President Kenyatta noted that throughout his life, Keen was generous with his time and property, outspoken in defence of what he believed was right, and a believer in a strong government that worked for its people. “With his passing we have lost a man who fought for our liberty, and a patriot who served Kenya selflessly. His name will not soon be forgotten. May God rest his soul in perpetual peace, and may He console the family, and grant them the courage to bear this loss.”

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