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Government will uphold and honour all that multi-party crusaders

Deputy President William said the Government will uphold and honour all that multi-party crusaders including Kenneth Matiba fought for.

He said "We will not allow what you fought for to be eroded. We must consolidate our politics, bring communities together and forge unity of purpose,” said Mr Ruto.

We celebrate Kenneth Matiba, a patriot, nationalist and statesman. His tenacity and persistent struggle for democracy and good governance elevated his status and secured his illustrious place in Kenya's history.

Edith Matiba with DP William Ruto

"Mzee Matiba stood tall for what is right in this country. Those of us enjoying their struggle will work to ensure it's not in pain," added Mr Ruto.

The visit comes barely a day after the Government announced that it has taken over funeral plans for the fallen multi-party crusader.

He spoke when he led Cabinet Secretaries and a host of MPs to the home of veteran politician, the late Kenneth Matiba, in Red Hill, Kiambu County to extend their condolences.
 
The Cabinet Secretaries included Amina Mohammed (Education), Keriako Tobiko (Environment), Mwangi Kiunjuri (Agriculture), Charles Keter (Energy), Joe Mucheru (ICT), Rachel Omamo (Defense), Eugene Wamalwa (Devolution), Ukur Yatani (Labour), James Macharia (Transport), Mohammed Rashid (Sports), Sicily Kariuki (Health) and Margaret Kobia (Public Service).
 
Other leaders included Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu, Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua and Attorney General Paul Kihara Kariuki.
 
Mr Ruto and the leaders prayed to God to grant the family strength and fortitude to overcome the loss during this difficult time.

“As Government, we will do what we can to uphold what the late Matiba among other leaders fought for to attain democracy in this country,” said Mr Ruto.
 
Addressing mourners who included former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Mr Ruto said the Government would uphold what Mr Matiba and his colleagues fought for in efforts to attaining democracy in the country.
 
He said Kenyans have been inspired by the great work the freedom fighters among them the late Matiba have done for the country as far as democracy was concerned.
 
Mr Odinga urged the Government to compensate the family of the late Matiba as an appreciation for the role he played in achieving the democratic space the country was enjoying.
 
He said the late Matiba’s businesses collapsed during his struggle for multi-party democracy, because he was ready to pay whatever price for the attainment of a free and just society.
 
“What the Government should do is proper compensation for all the suffering the late Matiba underwent on behalf of the people of Kenya,” said Mr Odinga.
 
“I want to assure you that the sacrifices and struggle that Mr Matiba and his team made was not for their personal gain but for this country and will not be in vain,” added Mr Ruto.
 
Edith Matiba, the wife of the late Matiba, thanked the Government for the support it is giving to the family including taking over the funeral plans.
 
“You have really comforted my heart by coming. We now have the courage to move on because of friends like you who have come here to console us,” said Mrs Matiba.