President Uhuru Kenyatta is in mourning following the untimely death of of Mzee Phares Rutere who passed away on Wednesday.
In his message of comfort and condolence to the family of the Njuri Ncheke council of elders, President Kenyatta described Phares as an astute elder, who cherished and championed national cohesion, progress and a value-driven life among Kenyans.
“We will forever be grateful to Mzee Rutere for his role in shaping the Kenyan nation through his passionate advocacy for the African culture and the arts as a vehicle for inculcating positive attitudes and discipline in our youth,” Uhuru said.
At his death, Rutere was the Chairman of the National Council of Elders and the Secretary-General of the Njuri-Ncheke.
President Kenyatta noted that death had robbed the Kenyans of a dependable leader whose rich knowledge in the African culture and values was immeasurable.
“Mzee Rutere was a robust custodian of the rich African culture who tirelessly championed for the utilization of culture in imparting life skills among the youth”
“A man of peace and good listener… the departed elder always worked hard to ensure Kenyans lived in harmony with each other,” he said.
The head of state added that Rutere ever preached the gospel on unity and oneness among Kenyans, while praying for God’s speed in the healing and comfort to his family.
His Deputy William Ruto also joined him in mourning, describing Rutere as a man whose leadership generated knowledge and influence cultural values, whose wise counsel will be greatly missed.