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Former PM Raila Odinga During his Madaraka Day Speech 1st June 2020. Photo: ODM Party

Raila heaps praise to departed Tanzania President Mkapa in a moving tribute.

Former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga who is also the AU envoy on infrastructure development has mourned late Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa as an honest and a decent man.

In a letter to Tanzania president John Magufuli on Wednesday July 29, Raila said Mkapa’s humility and grasp of complex continental issues was humbling.

“I remain grateful for the friendship we forged and the work we did together on regional and continental matters, more so after he left office. … His grasp of complex continental issues was humbling just as his belief in what we can achieve as a region and as a continent if we pulled in one direction was up lifting,” Raila said in the statement.

“I join Tanzania in honoring this decent, honest and genuine hero as you lay him to rest. My heart and prayers are with his family and the people of the united republic of Tanzania. Accept excellency the assurance of my highest consideration”, stated Raila

Raila further called on cooperation and a good working relationship between   Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

“Mkapa continued the tradition of Tanzania founding President Julius Nyerere of seeing the three countries as essentially one country,” he said.

“It is my hope that in his honor, we will soldier on with his dreams for a stronger East African community and a united and prosperous Africa.”

Mkapa, 81, died on Friday July 24 at a Tanzanian hospital.  Mkapa led Tanzania from 1995 to 2005 before handing over to Jakaya Kikwete.