President Uhuru, Raila mourn boxing legend Muhammad Ali


President Uhuru, Raila mourn boxing legend Muhammad Ali

President Uhuru Kenyatta has mourned boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

The President described the three-time heavyweight boxing champion as one of the most talented and gifted sportsmen the world has ever had.

In a statement, President Kenyatta said Ali’s courage and determination will remain an enduring inspiration to the world.

“I convey my deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to Muhammad Ali’s family and friends. Indeed, the world has lost a great sportsman,” said the President.

Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) leader Raila Odinga also joined in mourning Ali saying the world has lost a true hero and a fighter for justice and humanity.

“As a boxer, he popularized the game then elevated it from being a game into a tool for fighting for higher causes.It is encouraging that Ali lived long enough to die in a US under its first black president,” said the CORD leader.

The 74 year old veteran American boxer died in hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, on Friday night according to a family spokesman.

Ali who had battled Parkinson’s disease for 32 years – was admitted to hospital with a respiratory condition earlier this week.

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