President Kenyatta, Raila mourn the late Prof. Calestous Juma


The late Prof. Calestous Juma
The late Prof. Calestous Juma Photo/Courtesy

President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA leader Raila Odinga among a host of other leaders joined Kenyans and the World in mourning the death of Kenyan born Harvard lecturer Professor Calestous Juma.

In a statement, President Kenyatta mourned Prof. Juma as one of our most distinguished scholars and patriots.

“Those who had the pleasure of meeting him — or communicating with him online and off — will testify to his warmth, his love of learning, and his great generosity.” said Kenyatta

On his part, NASA chief Raila Odinga mourned the Professor as a distinguished Kenyan scholar who helped build the country’s profile across the globe.

Prof. Juma died while undergoing cancer treatment in Boston, Massachusetts barely a week after the burial of his mother.

Until his death, Professor Calestous Juma was teaching at the prestigious Harvard University.

The esteemed scholar has previously honored as among the “2017 Most Reputable People on Earth,” alongside renowned personalities such as billionaire Bill Gates, former U.S President and first lady Barack and Michelle Obama, Real Madrid soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, comedian Trevor Noah, as well as award-winning actor Denzel Washington.

Prof. Juma who held a PhD in Science Policy Research from the University of Sussex,was also a notable honoree of New African Magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential Africans’ for the years 2012, 2013, and 2014.

 

Below are some of the tributes from the various leaders, including Foreign Affairs C.S Amina M0hammed.

 

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