In a poignant narrative that reflected the paradoxes within Kenya’s educational and political landscape, Dr. Reuben Savai, a distinguished scholar and politician, passed away at the age of 70.
Despite holding six degrees and a diploma certificate, his life was marked by the unfortunate reality of joblessness in his home country.
The news of Dr. Savai’s demise was confirmed by his son, Daniel Lihanda, in a statement to the Daily Nation newspaper.
Dr. Savai’s academic prowess was undeniable, boasting six degrees acquired from Greece and a diploma from Makerere University in Uganda.
Among his academic achievements were a Diploma in Theology, a Bachelor of Law, two degrees in education, and one in Science.
However, his impressive qualifications failed to secure him employment in Kenya, a fact that highlighted systemic challenges within the country’s employment landscape.
Despite his relentless efforts, including leadership in the Kenya Republican Reformation Party, Dr. Savai struggled in vain to secure a job.
His academic journey, spanning continents and diverse fields, did not translate into professional opportunities within his homeland.
One of the notable hurdles Dr. Savai faced was being barred from practicing law in Kenya due to a requirement that he graduate from the country’s law school.
This obstacle added to the frustration of a man with a deep reservoir of knowledge but limited avenues for its application.
Dr. Savai’s foray into politics further exemplified the challenges he encountered. Despite his desire to contest the presidency in both 1997 and 2002, he faced insurmountable obstacles.
The missing credentials necessary for presidential eligibility barred him from the electoral race, preventing him from challenging retired presidents Daniel arap Moi and Mwai Kibaki.
During the 1990s, Dr. Savai played a significant role as one of the founders of the Forum of Restoration and Democracy (Ford) in Kenya. In 1997, he secured a parliamentary seat, but his political journey faced defeat at the hands of Raila Odinga, then the leader of the National Development Party (NDP).