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President Kenyatta condoles with family of the late Prof Calestous Juma

President Kenyatta condoles with family of the late Prof Calestous Juma
December 15
21:29 2017

BY BMJ MURIITHI

President Uhuru Kenyatta said Saturday that in the passing of professor Calestous Juma, Kenya – and indeed the world – has lost one of the most distinguished scholars and patriots.

Prof Juma died in a hospital in Boston Massachusetts, after ailing for two years, according to family members

Below is President Kenyatta’s full statement:

“Earlier this evening, I learned of the death of Professor Calestous Juma with profound dismay. We have lost one of our most distinguished scholars and patriots.

His dedication to Kenya’s cause showed in his founding of the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) in Nairobi. He served as its Executive Director until 1995, when he left to take up the position of Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity in Montreal.

His distinguished career took a new turn when he was appointed Professor of International Development at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) in the USA. There, Professor Juma oversaw programmes in Health Innovation funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, among other distinctions and responsibilities.

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. Whoever you were, he replied quickly and courteously, eager to let you have the benefit of his learning and experience. We will miss him.

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I am grateful for his life; and I pray that God, who has called Professor Juma to himself, will comfort his family and grant them the grace and courage to endure the loss.

UHURU KENYATTA, C.G.H.,

PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA.”

 

Prof Juma was one of the most sought after experts in the field of application of science, technology and innovation to sustainable development in developing and developed countries, wrote Daily Nation.

He was featured alongside luminaries such as Bill Gates, Barack and Michelle Obama and even the Pope in a list of fame compiled by South African consulting company Reputation Polls, which in June this year, named  100 individuals who have “amassed high reputation for themselves through the works they have been engaged in”.

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New African magazine named him among the most influential 100 Africans in three consecutive years; 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Preparations for his burial are ongoing.

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