, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 21 – President Mwai Kibaki has sent a message of condolence to the family, the government and people of Ethiopia following the death of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.
President Kibaki described the late Zenawi as a pragmatic and visionary leader who helped stabilize his country and placed it on the economic growth path, adding that his death is a devastating loss.
“On behalf of the Government and the people of Kenya, I convey our deepest sympathies to the family of Prime Minister Zenawi, the government and people of Ethiopia following this devastating loss,” President Kibaki said.
The president particularly recalled the late Ethiopian Prime Minister’s passion for the joint development of the Lamu Port, South Sudan, Ethiopia Transport Corridor that was commissioned early this year.
“Together with other IGAD leaders we worked for regional peace, stability and prosperity,” the Head of State observed.
President Kibaki further pointed out that the late Zenawi’s leadership and negotiation skills will forever be missed across the region and Africa in general.