Leaders mourn Bethuel Kiplagat, 1936-2017

President Uhuru Kenyatta: The head of state described the late ambassador as a committed, dedicated and courageous person who was passionate in serving the country.

“He never wanted our differences to derail our focus on nation-building, but rather to use our diversity to strengthen our brotherhood and nationhood.”

Uhuru said Kiplagat was a refined peace crusader who served the country with dedication in various capacities.

“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.”

Deputy President William Ruto: The DP said Kiplagat was a suave diplomat who represented the country with distinction and had a meticulous attention to detail.

He said the ambassador played a key role in the Somalia peace process, striving to bring tranquillity and stability to a region that has known nothing but turmoil.

“Ambassador Kiplagat’s measured approach to issues and dignified demeanour earned him respect at the negotiation table.”

Former President Daniel Moi: Mzee Moi described Ambassador Kiplagat as a patriotic Kenyan who gave the best of his abilities to the service of the nation.

He said his humility and love for this country enabled ambassador Kiplagat to rise to the highest levels of the Civil Service and diplomacy.

“I pray to God to comfort the family of Ambassador Kiplagat during this time of loss.”

Former Prime Minister and NASA flagbearer Raila Odinga: He 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 chairperson of the Kenya Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission.

He further lauded Ambassador Kiplagat’s role as a staunch member of the Anglican Church who contributed immensely to the growth of Christianity in Kenya.

Senator Moses Wetang’ula: The vocal Senator said Kenyans will remember him most specifically for his colossal contributions to regional peace-building and to the world of diplomacy.

“Indeed, as he takes his final bow, the world will remember Ambassador Kiplagat as a consummate peacemaker and diplomat extraordinaire.”

He said the stretch of the ambassador’s life and career tells of a man who gave himself to the course of promoting peace between communities and nations.

“I am personally most indebted to him for his generous insights and invaluable advice on regional issues and, specifically, Somalia during the time I served as the country’s Foreign Affairs Minister.”

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