President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of condolence to the Government and the people of the United Arab Emirates following the death of President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan who passed away today aged 73.
“On behalf of the Government and the People of Kenya and on my own behalf, I wish to convey our deepest sympathies and condolences to the Government and People of the United Arab Emirates following the death of President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan,” President Kenyatta said in his message of consolation.
President Kenyatta eulogized the late UAE President as a visionary leader who transformed the gulf nation into an economic giant.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, the Government and the people of the United Arab Emirates during this difficult time of grieving and loss,” President Kenyatta said.
The Head of State assured that Kenya stood in solidarity with the Government and the people of the United Arab Emirates and prayed to God to comfort them as they mourn their departed UAE leader.
In eulogising late Khalifa, Mombasa businessman and former gubernatorial aspirant Suleiman Shahbal said: “The people of Mombasa are among the greatest beneficiaries of the Sheikh Khalifa’s gesture of goodwill of building one of the best schools in the Coast region, Sheikh Khalifa Technical and Secondary School.”
“It was this gesture of support that was meant to strengthen and foster good relations between UAE and Kenya that has given our students the opportunity to prosper in their education.
Also, out of the people of UAE’s tolerance and opening of their doors for us, a majority of Kenyans are now making a living there.”