President Uhuru Kenyatta has eulogised founding father of multiparty democracy Kenneth Matiba as a true Kenyan patriot.
The politician died Sunday evening at the age of 85 years, members of his family have confirmed.
Matiba died on Sunday night at Agha Khan hospital. Indeed, he served the country with distinction. "His accomplishment clearly demonstrates that determinations pays".
Other notable leaders who have paid tribute to the late Matiba include Majority leader Aden Duale and Murang'a Governor Mwangi wa Iria who had nothing but nice things to say about the fallen second liberation icon.
"Mzee Matiba was a true patriot who loved this nation of Kenya, a nationalist who believed in hard work and building strong bonds of friendship for the betterment of all", he said.
Deputy President William Ruto described Matiba as an indefatigable proponent of democracy and human rights.
Mzee Matiba was among the first sons of Kenya who formed the team that began to lay the foundation of our great Nation. "He advocated hard work and he was richly rewarded in the fields of business, education, and sports".
"It is hardly where we intended or ought to be, but certainly better than where we were at this time over 20 years ago, thanks to the sacrifices of Hon. Matiba and his team", Odinga said.
National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi described the political icon as a fearless and selfless leader.
Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru said the country has lost, "a political icon and a strong defender of democracy".
May the Almighty God rest the soul of Mzee Matiba in everlasting peace.
Others like lawyer Donald Kipkorir urged Kenyans to be steadfast in defending what Matiba believed in.
"I am deeply saddened by the passing on of the second liberation hero Kenneth Stanley Njindo Matiba. Honest condolences to his family".
While in detention, Matiba suffered a stroke but remained in custody without medical care.
After this short stint, he served as a permanent secretary in the ministries of commerce, transport, communication, health, cultural and social services.