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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,4TH JAN,2018-President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday joined Friends and family of Kenyan scholar Calestous Juma for requim mass held at the Holly family basilica in Nairobi a head of burial on Saturday.The late university lecturer will be buried at his busia home.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame all heeping praise on the late scholar whom they described as a distinguished scholar and patriot whose dedication to Kenya and the world was visible in the various institutions, foundations and centres he founded.
“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,” said Mr Kenyatta.
President Kagame said, “We have lost a brilliant mind who was dedicated to innovation, education and Africa’s prosperity.”
“Calestous was a tireless champion for economic and social development in Africa. His legacy will live on through the fruits of his many years of work as an impassioned scholar, fearless advocate and mentor to students and policymakers around the world,” said a message from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Scholar’s wife Alison Field-Juma and a host of friends who worked with him in various institutions, including Supreme Court judge, Justice Jackton Ojwang..
Prof Juma, who died on December 15 in the US, is survived by his wife Alison, son Eric and sister Roselyda Nanjala Kwada.
At the time of his death, Calestous Juma was a professor of the Practice of International Development and Director of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project at the Belfer Centre for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School.
Dr Juma joined Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government as a Visiting Fellow in its Belfer Centre for Science and International Affairs in 1999.