The Sun of Othaya has set!


Kenya's president Mwai Kibaki waves in Nairobi on December 12, 2012, during Jamhuri Day celebrations. PHOTO | AFP


One of the brilliant minds in Kenyan history has taken a final bow,

A man plucked from academic corridors to come and shape the economic and development trajectory of his country,

A gentleman per excellence in deed, gentle and amiable demeanour,

Who dared to challenge KANU monolith in deed and principle by forming a formidable political party with a constellation of opposition comrades before upending it in 2002.

His chutzpah and panache in leadership earned Kenya steady progress to be a mid-level income country and Kenyans voted the most optimistic humans on earth.

A man whose humour would crack even the stone-faced Prof Magoha,

A giant has fallen.

The sun of Othaya has set.

The heavens in Lodwar have honoured your legacy by opening up and releasing gentle showers.

It appears the heavens are mourning with us.

We appreciate what you did for this country, especially in the economic front.

You gave us a new constitution, free primary education and improved infrastructure.

In the words of Ken Robinson, “What you do for yourself dies when you leave this world, what you do for others lives on forever.”

Fare Thee Well Sir.