NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 11 – Deputy President William Ruto on Saturday visited veteran politician Kenneth Matiba at one of his hotels in South Coast.
Ruto said Matiba was the hero that led Kenya towards achieving its second liberation.
In his tribute the Deputy President said the freedom that Kenyans enjoy now is as a result of sacrifices made by such veterans.
“We are enjoying political diversity in this country because of the sacrifices you made,” he added.
Ruto further noted that the country was a lot better and people were competing in a robust environment.
“Kenyans will forever remain indebted to Mr Matiba whose courage and resolve to expand democratic space in the country has very few equals,” Ruto said
A jovial Matiba acknowledged Ruto’s sentiments and thanked God for his continued good health.
Speaking at the function wife of the veteran Edith challenged young politicians to aspire to leave a mark in the country so that they can be remembered for the good things they did for their communities and the country at large.
Matiba a veteran politician and founder of Forum for Restoration of Democracy (FORD) before its splinter forming FORD –Asili. Matiba who was the leader of the Saba Saba Asili party until 2002 elections fought for multi party democracy during the regime of former President Moi.
In 1990 he was imprisoned at Kamiti Maximum prison where he suffered a stroke which incapacitated half of his body.
Matiba was arrested with fellow icon Charles Rubia for pushing for multi party democracy and were detained without trial.
In 1997 Matiba boycotted the General Election citing lack of democracy and even burnt his voter’s card.
In 2002 Ford Asili won 2 out of the 212 elected seats and they supported the presidency of Mwai Kibaki.
Mwai Kibaki had a land slide win in a highly participated election that saw Moi retire from active politics.
In 2007 Matiba announced his running for presidency under the Saba Saba Asili party and he came in seventh with 0.081 percent of the vote.
Ruto urged the youth to emulate Matiba’s charisma as they work towards the betterment of the nation.