World-famous Kenyan intellectual laid to rest

Hundreds of Mombasa residents attended the emotional burial ceremony at the Mazrui family's cemetery in Mombasa's Old Town.

World-famous Kenyan intellectual laid to rest

World Bulletin/News Desk

Renowned Kenyan academician Professor Ali Mazrui was laid to rest on Sunday in the coastal city of Mombasa with hundreds flocking to the city to pay farewell to the prominent scholar.

Mazrui Mazrui, a world-famous political scientist and a leading pan-Africanist who wrote on African and Islamic politics and rose to prominence with his television series The Africans: A Triple Heritage, died last Sunday in the United States at the age of 81 in the U.S. after a struggle with illness.

The funeral was attended by Cabinet Secretary for Mining Najib Balala, Chief Justice Willy Mutunga, Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho and Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar.

Hundreds of Mombasa residents also attended the emotional burial ceremony at the Mazrui family's cemetery in Mombasa's Old Town.

“Africa, Kenya and Mombasa has lost one of its great sons,” Governor Joho told Anadolu Agency on the phone, moments before the burial ceremony.

"He was Kenya's best known scholar. He will be remembered as an African who remained true to his roots, and that's why he insisted in his will to be buried home,” Joho added.

The body of the late scholar arrived early Sunday at the Moi International Airport aboard a Turkish Airlines plane. The body was accompanied by his Nigerian wife Pauline Itu and sons Harith Mazrui and Farid Mazrui. The casket was draped in the Kenyan National flag.

The scholar, who worked as a professor at Binghamton University in New York, comes from the respected Mombasa-based Mazrui dynasty, an Omani Arab clan known in history for putting an end to the 200-year rule of Mombasa by the Portuguese.

 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Ekim 2014, 22:13
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