Uhuru mourns the late John Mbiti as a great ambassador of Kenya abroad

Uhuru mourns the late John Mbiti as a great ambassador of Kenya abroad

President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of condolence to the family, relatives and friends of the late John Samuel Mbiti.

President Kenyatta described him as an accomplished scholar and priest who was a great ambassador of Kenya abroad.

“We’ve lost a great Kenyan. A great man who went against all odds to become a successful scholar, writer and priest. He was a role model and an ambassador of the Kenyan brand abroad,” a statement from the President reads.

Dr John Samuel Mbiti died last Sunday in Switzerland aged 87 years.

He was as a theologian and Philosophy Professor at the University of Bern as well as part of the clergy in Burgodorf.

Dr Mbiti earned his doctorate degree in philosophy in 1963 from the University of Cambridge in the UK.

He taught religion and theology at Makerere University between 1964 and 1974 then proceeded to become the director of the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Institute in Switzerland.

He wrote widely on philosophy, theology and African oral traditions and is best remembered for his book titled “African Traditions and Philosophy” that was published in 1969.

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