Renowned scholar Mazrui laid to rest in Mombasa

October 19, 2014 10:12 am

, ALI-MAZRUI-CASKETMOMBASA, Kenya, Oct 19 – Renowned scholar Professor Ali Mazrui was buried at a family graveyard opposite the Fort Jesus on Sunday.

The burial was attended by hundreds of locals and several political, religious and government leaders.

Chief Justice Willy Mutunga joined Mazrui’s family at the Moi International Airport in Mombasa to receive the body in the wee hours of Sunday.

Those who attended the burial included Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala, Leader of Majority in the National Assembly Aden Duale, Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho, Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar and Lamu Senator Abu Chiaba among others.

Mazrui who was born in Mombasa in 1933 is survived by two wives who are British and Nigerian nationals respectively and five children.

The scholar was an Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities and the Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York.

He was a chancellor of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture Technology during former President Mwai Kibaki’s regime.

President Uhuru Kenyatta while paying tribute to the fallen scholar described him as a towering academician whose intellectual contributions played a major role in shaping African scholarship.

The Head of State pointed out that Mazrui was one of the greatest scholars Kenya and the continent have ever produced and that his death has robbed the country of one of the greatest writers.

President Kenyatta stated that the professor’s brilliance raised him to the apex of scholarly distinction and earned him the respect and following among his peers globally.


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