‘Africa is poorer without Mandela’

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South Africa's former president, Nelson Mandela, is being mourned around the world. File photo: Mike Hutchings

Nairobi - Kenyan deputy president William Ruto said that with the death of Nelson Mandela, “the world has lost a moral example of selfless leadership”.

“The African continent is poorer without Madiba,” Ruto was quoted as saying by local newspaper The Standard, referring to Mandela by his clan name.

“We are mourning a father to multiple generations of Africans. Madiba was a shining example that we should all emulate,” he added.

Former Kenyan prime minister Raila Odinga said: “Nelson Mandela was one of those rare human beings that we are persistently looking up to and we only come across once in a century or a generation, and only if we are lucky.”

“We are lucky to have lived in his time and to have witnessed him rise to become a legend while he still lived. In Mandela's death, the world has lost a great symbol for what humanity can achieve with good intentions and persistence,” Odinga added. - Sapa-dpa

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