The news of the death of Professor Samson Mwangi Kimenyi is a moment of shock and sorrow, not just for his family, but for Kenya.
Professor Mwangi Kimenyi was one the most distinguished economists this country has produced. His diligence and ability earned him a degree in Kenya, before he left for the United States of America, where he eventually took a doctorate at George Mason University. Thereafter, he distinguished himself in his chosen career: among a clutch of other distinctions, he was Professor in Economics at the University of Connecticut, and Director of the Africa Growth Initiative at the Brookings Institution, where he hosted me last August.
The late Prof Kimenyi never forgot his origins, and he always put his expertise at Kenya’s disposal. He was a founder of the Kenya Institute for Public Policy and Research Analysis, and he published widely and effectively in matters of concern to Africa and its diaspora. Equally, he was a mentor to younger Kenyan academics, and he defended Kenya and Africa’s cause in forums abroad.
His death is a loss first and foremost for his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this difficult time. Kenya has lost a loyal and distinguished son. We mourn the loss, and offer what consolation we can to the family.
May God rest his soul in eternal peace.
Uhuru Kenyatta, C.G.H.
PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA
8th June, 2015