, MATHIOYA, Kenya, Dec 17 President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto Wednesday led thousands of mourners in bidding farewell to the late Joseph John Kamotho, one of the country’s greatest politicians.
The veteran politician was laid to rest at his rural home in Mathioya, Murang’a County.
Paying tribute to the late Kamotho, President Kenyatta described him as a principled and selfless leader who made a lot of sacrifices in his service to the nation.
The President challenged all leaders to emulate the late Kamotho by working hard to unite Kenyans and avoid wrangles, which add no value to the nation.
“Let’s be people who will be remembered for the good we have done and not wrangles we have brought to the nation,” said President Kenyatta.
The Head of State pointed out that despite wielding immense political power – holding key positions both in the Government and in the then ruling party, KANU – Kamotho was never associated with any scandal.
“Kamotho was a principled person and never joined politics for his personal benefit but rather to serve Kenyans selflessly,” said the President.
He noted that even in very challenging political moments, the late Kamotho respected other leaders and never abused any of his political opponents.
“The former Minister and Kanu Secretary General was a hero who viewed the country to be bigger than his constituency. He never practiced politics of ethnicity but regarded Kenya as one nation and one people,” the President said.
Saying Kenyans are not interested in retrogressive politics, President Kenyatta assured Murang’a residents and leaders that he will work with them to complete development projects initiated by the late politician.
Deputy President Ruto challenged leaders and public servants to emulate the late Kamotho by practicing servant leadership.
“The late Kamotho proved that it is possible to leave a rich legacy and a great name without abusing power and misusing public resources,” the Deputy said.
He said the late Kamotho was one of the most effective and efficient political party administrators Kenya has ever had.
In his condolence message ready by Baringo Senator Gideon Moi, retired President Daniel arap Moi said the late Kamotho was a true gallant son of Kenya who sacrificed his personal comfort to ensure unity of the nation.
“The late Kamotho was an energetic, thoughtful and indefatigable public servant and a man who contributed immensely in making KANU a robust system in the service of the people,” said retired President Moi in his message.
Former Cabinet Minister Noah Wekesa recalled, with nostalgia, the way the late Kamotho ensured that KANU was not only an active party during elections but remained relevant at all times.
Wekesa and Senator Moi thanked President Kenyatta for ordering the National Cereals and Produce Board to open up its silos and purchase grains from maize farmers.
They, however, requested the Government to give good prices to maize farmers to ensure they do not sell their produce at a loss.
Local leaders led by Governor Mwangi wa Iria urged Kenyans to follow the example of the late Kamotho by committing themselves to giving quality service to their country.